I feel like nothing else matters more right now than the fact that George Floyd was killed, and that his communities are reeling in the aftermath of chaos and violence. And do you know that even this statement shows my privilege? I don’t have to worry about whether my family members will be safe when they leave their homes, or where my next meal will come from, or if I can even afford to protest… because of this privilege, I can sit and struggle for as little or as long as I like. If I choose to take action, it can be as risky or as safe as I like, and ultimately whatever action I do (or do not) take – history shows that my personal life probably won’t change all that much.
Black Lives Matter.
I believe this with my whole heart. But am I living my life in a way to help ensure that black people experience this to be true?
We can’t keep doing things the same way and expect different results. If we want this country to be a safe place for black people, we need to change in ways that impact our own lives. We need to feel the change.
I know, this isn’t the type of Pub Theology post we’re used to.
We will gather on Monday, June 1, 2020 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm on Zoom. It will be a time to grieve, lament, and struggle together. It will also be a time to confess, take responsibility, and hold each other accountable.
If this interests you, you can prepare by thinking about the following questions:
What can you change in your daily life to help dismantle systemic racism?
In what ways does your faith/tradition/scripture urge and support you to make such change?
Let’s be courageous and not let each other off the hook because this work is hard.
There’s a quote going around that may be misattributed to Benjamin Franklin. Whoever said it, it’s worth taking to heart: “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”
Grace to you,