History is repeating itself right before our eyes and we cannot look away. Now is not the time to bury our heads in the sand or to take a sick day. We need to show up with our story and perspective ready to share and ready to accept the story of another. All ears on deck.
I turn on the news and I turn off the news. More shootings, more protests and more police officers. It is stuttering the same sad story about race in America. I hope that we listen up this time and that we talk to each other– not just across dinner or coffee tables but at work, at the gym, in the grocery store and in church. We need to talk it out, not fight it out. Inflicting pain does not open ears.
While the Internet affords us access to a seemingly endless amount of information, it is of no use to us if we do not access it. Along with the video posted above, here are a few resources that might be of assistance to you, your family, organization and church in light of last week’s tragedies. Please add to the list via the comment section as I can only click on so many websites.
“Why you should stop saying “all lives matter,” explained in 9 different ways”
These 12 Tweets Expose the Hypocrisy of #AllLivesMatter
Enough Already With ‘All Lives Matter’
Trauma of Racism Report
38 Resources to Help Your Church Start Discussing Race Today
Okay. Now, it’s your turn.
A report released on May 5, Barna focuses on racial tension in America after the widespread attention garnered by the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and many others. Using the mixed response of persons to the Black Lives Matter movement, respondents are asked about their experience with race and their beliefs about the social construct. To read the full report, click here.
More than a chant or a hash tag, it cannot be argued that Black Lives Matter is a movement, putting pressure on social structures that continue to value some lives more than others. Eerily similar to the declaration “I am a man” made during the Civil Rights Movement, I, along with so many others, cannot believe that it needs to be said today. Not because we elected our first African American president but because we are so progressive, so liberal, so inclusive, so tolerant. Birthed out of headline after headline of police- involved shootings of most often unarmed African American men and women, those three words prove necessary.
Said again and again, these words are the source of heated debate and deeper discussions on the meaning of life for those socially defined as black and white. The discrepancies in perception and resultant treatment by some in law enforcement cannot be denied. The response of some has been that “all lives matter.” For others, the declaration has had the opposite effect. Last month, Kevin Wright had this to say in a blog post titled “When Christians Won’t Say #BlackLivesMatter.” Please share with me your thoughts.