Think Christian:Rose of Star Wars

One of my core beliefs is that art is better with more voices in the room. Everyone deserves to have their stories told and heard, and the telling of different stories enriches not only the lives of those who relate with them, but also those who don’t understand them at all. Stories make us all…

Mudbound and Get Out: Right-Feeling or Repentance?

In my over ten years of teaching literature, I’ve come to expect that stories about racism elicit a certain response from certain students. If it’s a piece like Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye or even Octavia Butler’s Kindred, then white students will respond with sympathy. Their discussions will signal that racism is bad and they…

Review: Mudbound

In Mudbound‘s opening scene, two white brothers Henry (Jason Clarke) and Jamie McAllen (Garrett Hedlund) dig their father’s grave while a storm thunders towards them. But when he uncovers the remains of a runaway slave, Henry insists they move, refusing to bury his Klansman father Pappy (Jonathan Banks) in a slave’s grave. The film cuts…