why couldn’t i be born with an older brother who is my best friend and has hot friends that flirt with me and drives me places like mcdonalds when im sad and punches rude boys in the face for me.
My brother pushed me back into a propane heater and my hair caught on fire.
(But he is one of my best friends.)
If someone went from being employed to being unemployed, or being out of prison to being in prison, or being off welfare to being on welfare, the interviewer was more likely to see the person as black - after they experienced that sort of downward mobility - than before… there’s a tendency to sort of see race not just through physical characteristics, but through social characteristics.
The way Christianity spread over the first three centuries when the Romans were doing their best to stamp it out, was not simply by people going into the market place and saying ‘Jesus is Lord; you must believe in him.’ They did that too, but [it really spread] by people seeing that here was a community of people who lived in a totally different way.
The Christians were known for going and helping people who were not their kith and kin, who were not part of their ethnic group or part of their business interests. If somebody was sick, if somebody was poor, the Christians would go and look after them. They’d say “why do you do that? you’ve got nothing to gain by it,” and they’d say “well, it’s because we follow Jesus and this is the way that Jesus does stuff.