Under-our-shin

Getting real about race–
and getting free from the fears
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frustrations that divide us

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For so many people, the racial divide is an argument, a political position, a debate on TV.

But keeping our distance isn’t working. It’s not an option anymore. This is about you and me. It’s about our neighbors, our children, and our world.

In this challenging look at race, bias, and justice, Benjamin Watson, tight end for the New Orleans Saints and social-media commentator, speaks from his deepest heart to articulate what many of us think and feel.

Part memoir and part social commentary. Under our Skin offers a look at both sides of the race debate and appeals to the power and possibility of faith as a step toward healing. It’s a bold new path for us to follow as we come together to talk about the truths, myths, and realities of racial conflict.

CHANGE STARTS HERE.

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Benjamin Watson is a tight end for the New Orleans Saints, a writer and speaker, and a widely read and followed commentator on social media.

He attended Duke University as a freshman and transferred to the University of Georgia, where he majored in finance. After an all-SEC senior campaign, he was drafted in the first round of the 2004 NFL draft by the New England Patriots. He won a Super Bowl ring in his rookie season and appeared in another Super Bowl following the 2007 season. After a three-year stint with the Cleveland Browns—including a 2010 season in which he led the Browns in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns—Watson signed with the Saints in 2013.

Watson serves on the executive committee of the NFL Players Association and is the founder of the nonprofit One More foundation along with his wife, Kirsten. They live in New Orleans with their five children.

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  • "In his first book, Under Our Skin Benjamin Watson does a superb job of exposing the many racial stereotypes that exist on all sides, and he helps people to understand that we are all human beings created by God and intended for great things. If we invest energy in understanding others, we will improve our own lives."

    Benjamin S. Carson Sr., MDRetired neurosurgeon and Republican presidential candidate
  • ​Benjamin Watson has been an outspoken advocate for racial unity based solely on the fact that Jesus Christ died for all people. Jesus came to this earth to cover the sin of mankind with His precious blood and to wipe out the sins of disobedience, immorality, and racial conflict.  Under the skin of every human being beats a heart that has the potential to love and serve the Lord and Master of the soul made alive by the very breath of God. Thank you, Benjamin, for pointing people to the One who came and dwelt among us, who died to save us, and who lives to prove His everlasting salvation to all who will come to Him.

    Franklin GrahamPresident & CEO, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Samaritan’s Purse
  • "Benjamin Watson is one of the most intelligent and thoughtful men I have ever met, inside or outside of football. When he examines a topic, it is never from the perspective of societal norms or cultural traditions. His observations are always based on sound, biblical principles. I know you will benefit from his insights into race and religion in the United States today."

    Tony DungySuper Bowl-winning head coach and New York Times bestselling author
  • “Packed with germane insights, this eye-opening book challenges current trends in American race relations, providing an important context for conversations about finding roads to racial unity.  Read this book and be better prepared to narrow the gap between our national creeds and deeds."

    BARRY C. BLACKChaplain of the United States Senate
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