The Mean, Racist Streets of Dallas

Our post on the Diversity & Justice seminar at Perkins School of Theology was picked up by the religious journal First Things. Their commenters had as much fun with the topic as ours did, including Ben who noted the absence of “Radical-Reactionary Scots-Irish-American Grumpy Young Bible-Thumping Good-Old-Boys like me…”

This drew a response from Sze-kar Wan, professor of New Testament at Perkins:

“Bible-thumping,” Ben? You got it! Sorry, not white or “good-ole-boy” enough for you, tho. You won’t let me, I am sure. Dallasites don’t let me forget that either. Everyday. The kinds of taunts I get on the streets of Dallas tell me we have a lot of work to do.

Really? The professors gets “taunts on the streets of Dallas”? Is his hair dyed blue? Does he wear smelly, uncured bear robes? Even if, I can’t quite envision taunts. In fact, I’ll go so far as to call it a lie.

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