Ferguson, MO is blowing up again. No indictment for the white cop who shot and killed a young unarmed black man.
As someone white, I can look at the evidence as it comes out and “analyze” it.
But the problem is obviously deeper. I want to acknowledge that.
I don’t understand enough. And I want to understand.
This video from Matt Chandler gives me some starting thoughts. He looks at Acts 10 as a text to discuss racism. He readily admits it is hard work. We tend to make steps toward a conversation, but our natural tendency, for ANY race, is to drift back toward what is familiar to us. This is hard work.
I’ve not done well with this, and it may very well be I’m going to goof this up all over again.
Beyond the “facts” of the case. Beyond the rioting that has resulted. There is a problem.
I am going to try and listen today. But I want more than that. I want to dialogue with significant people I have followed and respect. There will be moments of rage I need to hear.
Efrem Smith has a great piece to help me get started. I would love a dialogue with him.
Rod Thomas at Political Jesus will be cranking it up soon, and I need to hear his raging voice as well. (I say “raging voice” with respect.)
This is hard work.
I cannot be afraid of the work.
Please help me.