Friday, May 29, 2020
How long, Lord, must I call for help and You do not listen or cry out to You about violence and You do not save? Why do You force me to look at injustice? Why do You tolerate wrongdoing? Oppression and violence are right in front of me. Strife is ongoing, and conflict escalates. This is why the law is ineffective and justice never emerges. For the wicked restrict the righteous; therefore, justice comes out perverted.
Habakkuk 1:2-4 HCSB
There is a pandemic in our country that is far worse and more dangerous than COVID-19: Racism. We are seeing the outrage and anguish of the injustices of hundreds of years where white people have perpetrated deliberate acts of egregious, malfeasance against black people, as well as people of other races, while others stood by as accessories to the crimes, doing little or not enough.
NOW is the time. TODAY is the day. It’s time for us to do something. You and me–let’s be the change we are looking for, both through our daily interactions with others different from ourselves and through civic involvement. A few books that may help with personal introspection of your own prejudices:
1. “Me and white supremacy” by Layla Saad
2. “Off the RACE Track: From Color-Blind to Color-Kind” by Steve Simms
3. “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” – Desmond Tutu 🚦