69 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

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    • 4.8 • 438 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.

    MLK's Economic Agenda

    MLK's Economic Agenda

    Not only have we reduced Martin Luther King's vision to a single line from his "I Have a Dream" speech, we have also forgotten or ignored his vision for economic equity. 

    In this episode I talk about King's economic agenda--one that he had from the beginning of his work as a pastor and moral philosopher all the way back in the 1950s and not just in the last few years of his life. 

    We also get into how the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday came to be and a 15 year saga to get to sign the bill into law. 

    Some resources you'll want to check out to learn more: 


    To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice


    Article- Jobs Are Harder to Create Than Voting Rolls


    Listen to "Letter from Birmingham Jail" on Pass The Mic


    Nonviolence 365- The King Center


    Freedmen's Bureau Transcription Project- Smithsonian Institute 

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    • 37 min
    Reflections on the January 6th Committee

    Reflections on the January 6th Committee

    Some thoughts about the Jan 6th Committee’s final hearing.
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    • 24 min
    “That Nonviolent Stuff Will Get You Killed” an Interview with Charlie Cobb of SNCC

    “That Nonviolent Stuff Will Get You Killed” an Interview with Charlie Cobb of SNCC

    Charlie Cobb is a living legend of the Civil Rights movement. He has been an editor, a journalist and founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists. He is a professor. He is the author of several books. And he was the field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Mississippi from 1962-1967. In this episode Jemar talks to him about his book “That Nonviolent Stuff Will Get You Killed” and the new online resources about the history of SNCC. Visit snccdigital.org
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    WNUG 005: How I Escaped the Web of White Christian Nationalism with Rev. Chuck Armstrong

    WNUG 005: How I Escaped the Web of White Christian Nationalism with Rev. Chuck Armstrong

    White Nation Under God Episode 5: White Christian Nationalism is not merely a set of beliefs, it is a net that ensnares real people. At one time, Chuck Armstrong, a dedicated Christian, worked closely with far-right radio host and Congressional Medal of Honor winner (under Trump), Rush Limbaugh. As Armstrong matured in his faith and had more contact with marginalized and oppressed people, he realized he had been deceived into following a pernicious belief system. This is his journey into and out of White Christian Nationalism. 
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    WNUG 04: How Christians Can Resist White Christian Nationalism with Amanda Tyler

    WNUG 04: How Christians Can Resist White Christian Nationalism with Amanda Tyler

    White Nation Under God Episode 4: White Christian Nationalists use Christianity as cover for their anti-democratic and repressive ideology. So other Christians have the responsibility and opportunity to resist this misuse of their religion and present a better way. Thankfully, some leaders are doing just that. Amanda Tyler is the Executive Director of BJC, and her organization was instrumental in creating "Christians Against Christian Nationalism" a comprehensive resource for people of faith who want to take action.
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    • 50 min
    WNUG 03: White Christian Nationalism and the January 6, 2021 Insurrection with Andrew Seidel

    WNUG 03: White Christian Nationalism and the January 6, 2021 Insurrection with Andrew Seidel

    White Nation Under God Episode 3: An attempted insurrection on January 6, 2021 forced the nation to pay attention to the rising wave of anti-democratic movements in the United States. With the Christian iconography of the event--from crosses to pictures of a European-looking Jesus--we also had to learn more about a topic unfamiliar to some--White Christian Nationalism. To help us understand WCN's influence on politics and the events of January 6, we are joined by Andrew Seidel, author of American Crusade and the Director of Strategic Response at the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
438 Ratings

438 Ratings

Coprohof ,

Appreciate Dr Tisby

I always appreciate hearing from Dr Jemar Tisby, whether it is a reflection on MLK day, an interview with Charlie Cobb of SNCC, or learning about the Anti-CRT crusade. I’m a Christian, and white, so the episodes on White Christian Nationalism have been particularly helpful. This podcast has helped me get out of my white bubble, for which I am very grateful!

Pastor Felicia ,

WNUG @ the beginning

Thank you for the thorough beginning on this topic of White Christian Nationalism. I greatly appreciate you naming the nuances, giving clear definitions, and how to understand how this phenomena shows up in everyday life. The encouragement to not despair is needed because this is weighty and easily discouraging.

116thDoctor ,

Clear, encouraging, and challenging

One of my favorite podcasts right now. The series White Nation Under God is incredible, tell me a book is in the works!

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