I didn’t know. I didn’t realize the depth and breadth of the violence and injustice that Black people have endured for centuries. I’m sorry. Please forgive me God. To all people of color who have suffered and are suffering today, I say, please forgive me.
In the book White Fragility Robin Diangelo writes, “The antidote to guilt is action.” How do I respond to the pain we have caused? I have ignored, been oblivious, and didn’t see or hear what was happening right here in the United States.
My bubble of white privilege has now been pierced. I care. What can I do? How can I “Keep on keeping on” caring? Right now, the headlines are focusing on the scenes and screams for racial justice. But when the headlines change, will I forget and slide back into being comfortable in my own secure place?
For those who feel as I do, how we sustain our caring? Here is my list. What ideas do you have?
Every day, I will:
- Look at a picture of George Floyd and his little daughter which I copied from the Internet. I will look, feel, and remember. . .
- Read about or watch a video that educates me and helps me become an anti-racist.
- “Stop & Care.” I’ve programmed my cell phone to beep three times a day to remind me to pray. (One prayer suggestion: see p. 9 of the Faith and Prejudice discussion guide)
I’ve had an awakening. But I don’t want to be “woke” then get complacent. May this be a time that I keep remembering and caring for God’s children. Will you join me?