Thursday, April 12, 2018
Until the killing of black mothers’ sons [and daughters] is as important as the discovery of white mothers’ sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest. —Ella Baker
many people think “white privilege” is liberal propaganda, a made-up idea to seed more division.
some whites say: "what about “reverse racism,”
The very nature of oppression makes it hard for those of us who are comfortable to see this problem.
subconsciously we know that systemic inequality serves our own ego’s interests and so we resist change.
Whites [& ppl of privilege] still define themselves by differentiating and comparing (dualistic thinking) and not by “similarizing” (which is unitive thinking).
treating black and brown bodies with love and respect is the only way for our country, our communities, and our Christianity to be whole.
“Until we are all free, none of us are free.”
If we are all made in God’s image, if we are all the Body of Christ, then treating black and brown bodies with love and respect is the only way for our country, our communities, and our Christianity to be whole.
Our love must be active and embodied. We cannot just preach peace and justice in a theoretical way; the rubber of justice needs to hit the real road.
Ella Baker [1903-1986],
Ella Baker [1903-1986], civil rights activist and organizer:
the reason that we continue the struggle for justice
■It is for fairness, equal treatment under the law, and the cessation of violence against innocent black and brown bodies.
why the same battles for justice must be fought by every generation?
there were enough sacrifices, martyrs, and legislation
during the ’60s to ensure justice for all. Yet . . .
we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities and the rulers of darkness in high places” Ep.6:12
In response to the demand for justice, systems morph and adjust while maintaining the status quo.
- public hangings end and the murders of unarmed black folk rise.
- Slavery ends, but the mass incarceration of minority populations increases.
- Jim Crow practices are no longer openly discriminatory; they reappear as
- economic disparities,
- voter suppression, and
- aggressive police actions against people of color.
Power never surrenders without a fight. If your response to today’s meditation is to retort, “All lives matter!”