Rev. Irene Monroe: This pandemic doesn’t call for pandemonium, petty divisions, political wrangling, or panic buying. We are all in this together!
Irene Monroe: Although Warren has resided in Cambridge for more than two decades, many African American residents didn’t know Warren lived in Cambridge until February 2019 when she revved up her campaign.
Irene Monroe: Demographic diversity, along with a younger and more progressive generation of Democratic politicians, is essential for the life of the party.
Irene Monroe: A party that needs African Americans and other people of color to get them to the finish line it’s telling that the only presidential hopeful of color left standing is Andrew Yang.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Our children across America are being humiliated and punished because of racist rules and policies that discriminate against their hair texture and natural hairstyles.
IRENE MONROE: While the current UMC will allow LGBTQ marriages and clergy, the impending split will create a new “traditionalist Methodist” denomination, allowing outright discrimination and denunciation of LGBTQ people in the name of God.
Rev. Irene Monroe: How does society democratize voices in the public sphere to create a level playing field, where no voice is drowned out by louder ones due to social capital, political influence, money or bullying.
Irene Monroe: We are a country that doesn’t want to confront race. Halloween, an activity that’s masked with tricks and treats and playful mischief, ironically unmasks the face of America’s troubled history with race.
Rev. Irene Monroe: In the face of continued racial violence done to us, I now must question if our church teachings of forgiveness of the last centuries are serving us well in this new century, particularly with the resurgence of white nationalism.
Rev. Irene Monroe: One of the lingering impacts of 250 years of slavery followed by 90 years of Jim Crow and then 60 years of “separate but equal” is a seismic wealth gap between white and black Americans.
Irene Monroe: The treatment of “otherness” I experienced from my years of being bussed, I learned had less to do with the people targeted, like myself, and everything to do with the group in power.
Rev. Irene Monroe: “The Stonewall turbulence started on the backs of working-class African American and Latinx queers who patronized the bar. Those brown and black LGBTQ people are not only absent from the photos of that night, but they have been bleached from its written history.”
Rev. Irene Monroe: For this 50th anniversary of Stonewall I hope images of Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera will be on display.