Deborah Jian Lee

Deborah Jian Lee is an award-winning journalist, radio producer, and the author of Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women & Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism (Beacon, 2015). She has worked as a staff reporter for the Associated Press, taught journalism at Columbia University, and written for Foreign Policy, Forbes, Slate, Reuters, GOOD, WBEZ, WNYC and others.
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Eric Swalwell and Jackie Speier Let Down Their Pro-Immigrant Base

On Twitter, Congressmembers Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) and Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) proclaim their opposition to President Trump’s abuses of power. But last month, rhetoric didn’t match reality. Both Swalwell and Speier voted in favor of Trump’s attempts to demonize and deport millions of immigrants. The pair were the only California Democrats to join House Republicans in supporting HR 3004, a draconian bill that would punish people fleeing violence or desperately seeking to return to … [Read more...]

What Does Repentance Look Like for the White Church?

A Conversation with Lisa Sharon Harper We are four months and counting into the administration of one of the least qualified people ever to assume the presidency—and the key demographic that ushered him into the White House, white evangelicals, has shown few signs of buyers’ remorse. In this Q&A with Lisa Sharon Harper, Deborah Jian Lee continues her work of asking how evangelicals of color have been responding to this betrayal at the polls. Harper is the chief church engagement officer … [Read more...]

Betrayed at the Polls, Evangelicals of Color at a Crossroads

He seemed drunk and ready for a fight. The man, mid-fifties, towering and broad shouldered, shouted over the other partygoers to his wife, “Honey, have you seen my jacket? It has my gun in it.” George Mekhail, a pastor in his early thirties, tried to ignore the man for most of the party. That is, until he staggered toward George, amped for a confrontation. George’s friend Jeff had invited him to this family friend’s Christmas gathering in Arlington, WA, a rural, predominantly white town … [Read more...]