I have a lot of friends who are immigrants, many of whom are Muslim, and an at-least-equal number of friends who are native-born Americans (several of whom are also Muslim). Among many in both groups are people who express confidence in the US Constitution to serve as a bulwark against any abuse or deprivation of civil rights and constitutional liberties on the part of the new Administration. Without exception, they have an almost religious reverence for the Constitution as the secular equivalent of Martin Luther’s “mighty fortress”. As someone who also reveres the Constitution – a secular faith I came to rather late in life -- and who shares that almost-religious regard for the Document, I have no wish to disabuse them of this attitude. But I want their reverence to be a historical...
I want to continue the conversation about racism and privilege for another moment. Or maybe 20 moments. Maybe this will continue until I can talk no longer. The words of Elie Wiesel remind me of what war between the races looks like. I see the echoes of this in today's interactions between authority and black people. The beatings. The death. The suspicion. The need for people to bear witness. The apologists. Those that describe slavery as migration. Those that say black people were better off. Those that want to move on without remembering. I think that it would be easy to make a case that Africans experienced a holocaust through slavery. Why do we allow any other narrative?
excerpt from Night
I remember that night, the most horrendous of my life:
“ … Eliezer, my son, come ...
I'd like to share with you a blog post from my friend, Pastor Katie Ladd.
Racism and White Supremacy are Killers
Two more Black men shot by police. Eleven police and 2 civilians ambushed in Dallas, 4 police and 1 transit officer dead. One shooter killed by police after failed negotiations. He was killed by a remotely triggered "bomb" on a robot. He maintained that he had placed IEDs that will eventually be found. The killings of all of these people are tragic. The situation facing the Dallas Police chief is untenable.
The murders of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling are wounds to the soul of our nation. They reveal the ongoing dehumanization of People of Color in general, and African Americans in particular. Black men and Black women have been dehumanized in different ways...