Anthea Butler, CNN

Anthea Butler

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Buena Park, CA, United States

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Recent:
  • CNN
Past:
  • NBC News
  • America Magazine
  • Washington Post
  • HuffPost
  • The New York Times
  • Religion Dispatches
  • The Guardian

Recent articles by Anthea:

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Faith could bring us together. But too often it divides us

Anthea Butler writes that we often think of America as fractured in just one way -- between Republicans and Democrats -- but the picture is a lot more complex. Religion and race have historically played key roles in dividing the nation, she says. → Read More

The Penn State hair letter controversy shows how being black and proud is still political

The "cleanliness" of natural hairstyles worn by black people is not up for real debate. Proximity to whiteness is not actually a proximity to purity. → Read More

White evangelicals love Trump and aren't confused about why. No one should be.

The history of evangelicalism in America is the history of race in America. → Read More

Anthea Butler: AOC isn't Nancy Pelosi's problem. Trump is, and he keeps proving it.

Trump used the war of words that Nancy Pelosi started to bash the liberal members of her own caucus. It was an obvious outcome, so why did the Speaker go there? → Read More

Review: James Cone, the father of black theology

James Cone's autobiography shows that theology does not arrive out of a sterile doctrinal laboratory but from the pains, sufferings and triumphs of the people of God. → Read More

D.C. has its first black archbishop, but what took so long? Look to the history of black U.S. Catholicism.

It's never been easy for black Catholics. → Read More

The Catholic Church Has Yet To Repent For Its Sex Abuse Scandals

We still haven't seen the full scope of the coverup. → Read More

From the church to the public stage, Aretha Franklin earned her respect

In the patriarchal spaces of the music world as well as the church world, Aretha Franklin demanded respect for her talents and her work. → Read More

We Know Protests Work. So Why Aren't We Protesting?

Resistance works, but only if we work at resistance. → Read More

Separating Families And Calling It Christian Is An American Tradition

From slavery to the Trail of Tears to Japanese internment, this is what America has always done. → Read More

Starbucks Arrests Show How Gentrification Endangers Black Lives

When whiteness becomes the norm, black bodies become a threat. → Read More

Billy Graham Wouldn't Have Supported Rosa Parks

So why exactly are we honoring him? → Read More

The black women who voted in Alabama deserve more than your gratitude.

Black women cannot be expected to continue to save white people from the poor choices they make. → Read More

The Cheap Prosperity Gospel of Trump and Osteen

The survivors of Hurricane Harvey do not need empty tweets and platitudes. → Read More

The U.S. Catholic Church’s last major effort on racism was in 1979. Charlottesville woke it up.

The Catholic Church in America can't ignore its increasingly browner and blacker face. → Read More

Pope Francis v. Kim Davis: A Vatican Game of Thrones

Seems like the meeting between Pope Francis and Kim Davis was not as good for him as it was for her. In a statement released by the Vatican, approved by the pope, the Vatican stated “the Pope met with several people at the nunciature and that “the Pope did not enter into the details of the → Read More

Pope Francis didn't say 'abortion' – and that's what conservative Catholics need to hear

After years of hyperbolic language on abortion, contraception and same-sex marriage, this pontiff is taking his church from the culture wars into the streets → Read More

Pope in Philadelphia: forceful vision for families may roil conservatives – live

Free-wheeling remarks at World Meeting of Families focus on children and grandparents, not abortion or same-sex marriage → Read More

What NOT to Expect from the Pope’s US Visit

America has reached peak papal madness. Twitter has created emojis to go along with hashtags like PopeinUs, PopeinDC, PopeinNY, and PopeinPhilly. While the Pope’s picture and likeness has been plastered everywhere from billboards to bobble heads to t-shirts, my question is: now that we have th → Read More

Here’s why black Catholics want recognition from Pope Francis

Expectations for Pope Francis are high, coming after a year of discussion on racial tensions within the United States. → Read More