26 episodes

News comes at you fast. It’s not just hard to keep up with everything that’s happening, sometimes you don’t know which voices to trust to help you interpret what’s going on. That’s where Footnotes comes in. Jemar curates the week’s current events with a focus on issues related to black communities, justice, and politics. He’ll also offer commentary from a black Christian perspective to help you think through complex issues. Footnotes adds the details you need to be an informed citizen, activist and believer.

Footnotes with Jemar Tisby The Witness

    • News
    • 4.9, 337 Ratings

News comes at you fast. It’s not just hard to keep up with everything that’s happening, sometimes you don’t know which voices to trust to help you interpret what’s going on. That’s where Footnotes comes in. Jemar curates the week’s current events with a focus on issues related to black communities, justice, and politics. He’ll also offer commentary from a black Christian perspective to help you think through complex issues. Footnotes adds the details you need to be an informed citizen, activist and believer.

    We Have a President Who Revels in Racist Slur

    We Have a President Who Revels in Racist Slur

    In this episode Jemar talks about the president and his racial slurs against people of Asian-descent, Allie Stuckey and her comments that reveal she knows very little about the Black church tradition, and he asks Black Christian why they write for white outlets. 

    Links: 
    With ‘kung flu,’ Trump sparks backlash over racist language — and a rallying cry for supporters
    Blacks more likely than others in U.S. to read the Bible regularly, see it as God’s word
    Black Christians, Why are You Writing for White Christian Outlets?

    • 44 min
    ANNOUNCING: "Free To Be" A Witness Juneteenth Digital Celebration

    ANNOUNCING: "Free To Be" A Witness Juneteenth Digital Celebration

    There needs no explanation to you of the magnitude of the season of life we are in as a nation. We can’t thank you enough for your support and for being here and in this fight with us. As you all know, Juneteenth is a special holiday for us here at the Witness as we seek to celebrate our journey and the amplifying of black voices within the faith community and beyond, and this year remains no different. 
    We are humbly excited to announce our Juneteenth digital celebration “Free To Be”. It hasn’t gotten any easier in our country to feel free to be whoever we were called to be, we believe "The greatest pursuit in life is becoming the fullest version of yourself. We honor the fight it took to get here, celebrate the people who embody it most, and rock with each other no matter where we are in the process."
    Friday, June 19th starting at 10 am cst (with a special kid specific session at 930 am) we will offer a wide array of sessions around this topic with our always intended goal of presenting some of the best unique and emerging voices across many disciplines.

    • 2 min
    How Long, O Lord: Justice For George Floyd

    How Long, O Lord: Justice For George Floyd

    Jemar Tisby is joined by Executive Producer Beau York to discuss the murder of George Floyd, the Minneapolis uprising, and place the current events within a historical context.

    • 50 min
    A Time of Lament for Ahmaud Arbery

    A Time of Lament for Ahmaud Arbery

    Join us for this rebroadcast of a special live event lamenting the heinous murder of Ahmaud Arbery on February 23rd in Brunswick, Georgia. In this episode Jemar and Tyler are joined by Ally Henny and Michelle Higgins to unpack our feelings, our pain, our reality, and our responsibility as we move forward. Do not look away. Enough is enough.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Abortion 'One Drop' Rule

    The Abortion 'One Drop' Rule

    In this episode Jemar talks about white evangelical support for Trump again in 2020, how abortion has become the one-drop rule for white evangelicals and politics, and about “The Last Dance” documentary about Michael Jordan and the Bulls. 
    Links:


    "Mohler's turn to Trump is the crowning flip-flop of his career" by Jonathan Merritt 


    "An all-access Michael Jordan documentary? How 'The Last Dance' was made possible" by Ramona Shelburn


    “A Quiet Exodus: Why Black Worshipers are Leaving White Evangelical Churches” by Campbell Robertson 

    • 35 min
    Update: The Witness Foundation

    Update: The Witness Foundation

    Learn more at TheWitnessFoundation.co

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
337 Ratings

337 Ratings

Joshua D! ,

Keep Bringing It!

I appreciate the breakdown of current events by Jamar in a way that is insightful and brings a Christian perspective. I hope that podcasts like this turn the rudder of white churches to lead them to acknowledge the sins of their past and repentant so that they can begin the work of healing that’s so desperately needed right now. Pushing my church into action can feel like wading through water at times but podcasts like this give me the energy to keep moving forward.

California Jackie ,

Slavery and the Bible

In order to maintain slavery in the US, rape was a standard practice. Selling people as commodity occurred regularly. Torture and bloodshed was used to maintain power. Which one of those represents a Christian practice? Which one represents Christ? Historically, The Quakers understood slavery was wrong and supported freedom for all. Why don’t we give them more credit than we do? I own a set of recordings where slaves were interviewed and each one tells stories of torture, blood-thirsty evil and cruelty. Let’s stop allowing for the ignorance. If Jesus didn’t practice slavery, we don't have any business justifying it. Period.

Emomoftwo ,

So thankful for your voice

Thank you, Jemar for using your voice to speak truth, promote justice and equality, and challenge the church. This podcast has been so helpful to understand current issues in light of historical context and biblical theology. Every Christian should listen to and read your words in order to better understand how to think rightly and act in these challenging times.

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