Not “breaking” a particular law does not mean there is “justice.”
This is the case of Breonna Taylor.
It is white comfort and privilege that allows us to argue the “finer points of the law” to say platitudes like, “Well, it was a tragedy, but no laws were broken.”
There is no justice, and we are not crying out for justice. We are wiping our brows and moving on.
There is no justice because we are not forming new laws that protect the victims like Breonna Taylor.
I can no longer take this safe path. All I see is injustice that has existed because people in power have refused to look to the “least of these” and demanded that we do better. We do better for ourselves, and if we have time to help others, maybe we’ll think about it.
These systems must be changed. Radically.
But there is also the issue of lament. We, as whites, talk about “legality” and move on. We don’t even weep over a system that failed a citizen.
So, I lament today. I grieve today.
1 Do you rulers indeed speak justly?
Do you judge people with equity?
2 No, in your heart you devise injustice,
and your hands mete out violence on the earth. (Ps. 58:1-2)