Below is a sample of my work. I write about religion, politics, race, and culture. 

When the US government snatches children, it's biblical to resist the law | Daniel José Camacho

While sitting in an Alabama jail, Martin Luther King Jr began writing a letter about the moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. He invoked the legal maxim originating with St Augustine that an unjust law is no law at all. This week, attorney general Jeff Sessions quoted the bible to justify a cruel policy that is, in fact, not a required law: the forced separation of immigrant families at the border.

Can We Afford Economic Justice in the United States?

“How can we afford it?” That’s the perennial question that confronts anyone who dares to propose progressive policy changes. A recent example is CNN’s Jake Tapper grilling congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over whether tax money could fund items on her platform such as Medicare for all, a federal job guarantee, and the cancelation of student loan debt. For those who are religious and politically progressive, this question is particularly challenging. While many are good at articulating the moral imperative of providing health care to all or protecting the environment, they can stumble on the issue of economic feasibility.

When White Nationalist Christians Redefined Their Neighbors

Lately, I have been asking myself the following question: How can sincere Christians embrace white nationalism? My question stems less from surprise and more from a desire to understand the mechanics. In church circles and in seminary, I heard about Barth, Bonhoeffer, and those who resisted. But I rarely heard about the majority of white Christians who supported a demagogue whose rhetoric had violent consequences.

Why “Black Panther” is the movie Hollywood—and America—needs

I grew up enthralled with the fantasy worlds depicted in the “Star Wars”and “Lord of the Rings”films. But there was always something missing. Virtually no one looked like me. The people of color that did exist in those films either stood as caricatures or floated in post-racial space. How can one imagine a future in which black people exist in various roles while simultaneously not erasing the legacy of racism? “Black Panther”powerfully fills this void.

Diversity doesn't make racism magically disappear | Daniel Jose Camacho

We can’t screw our way beyond racism. Many think mixed-race babies and browner demographics will automatically usher in a post-racial world. They interpret the projections of a “majority-minority” shift in our nation – now set to take place in 2044 – as a sign of guaranteed progress. Changing faces in the US are seen as anti-racist destiny. But don’t overestimate the power of this post-racial cocktail.

Why James H. Cone's Liberation Theology Matters More Than Ever

As he saw it, many white theologians of that era were not genuinely concerned about all cases of violence. Worried about the threat of black revolutionaries, they did not see the structure of violence embedded in U.S. law and carried out by the police. Cone asked: “Why didn’t we hear from the so-called nonviolent Christians when black people were violently enslaved, violently lynched, and violently ghettoized in the name of freedom and democracy?” Ferguson, Baltimore, and Cleveland have shown us that not much has changed since the summer of 1967.

Open Letter to the College Senior Detecting Colonial Prejudice

Where were the other thinkers of importance? I heard many Christians say that every human being is created in the image of God. I quickly realized that this was a lie. The image of God, intellectually, was contained in the thoughts of white western man, and the best that everyone else could do was adopt or approximate this. Or perhaps it wasn’t a lie – all humans were created in the image of God but not everyone was necessarily fully human.