The cycle continues: Terrence Crutcher. Keith Scott.
Two African American men shot and killed by white police officers.
This cycle, this sad cycle, is becoming normalized. There have been 194 black people killed by police so far this year.
And the names keep piling up: Tyree King, Philando Castille, Alton Sterling, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, John Crawford, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, and on and on and on.
As a Christian, as a minister of the Gospel, and as a white male, I cannot stay silent on issues on injustice. I refuse to say silent when the bodies of African American men are killed on the streets in situations when a life should not be taken. I cannot stay silent when there are systems in our society that benefit some, benefit me, and oppress others. I cannot stay silent when this cycle has been happening not this month, or this year, but since the founding of this nation.
Even though I believe that all lives do matter, I will continue to profess “Black Lives Matter” until they actually do. I will passionately preach the Gospel that says the same. I will preach about these topics, speak out against racism from the pulpit, and remind us that God breaks down all barriers even if that means people will walk out of my sermons (Yes, this did recently happen).
Yet, I also think it’s important that as a Christian, as a minister of the Gospel, and as a white male, I learn to stay silent, at times, in order to listen. I need to learn from my brothers and sisters of color. I must be in relationship with others so I might know their experiences. I need to continue to educate myself on systemic racism and white supremacy. And, through it all repent of my white privilege.
So on the most recent episode of my podcast, I want us to listen to Ray McKinnon.
Ray is a minister in Charlotte, NC and has been peacefully protesting all this week. He was at the peaceful protests when they turned violent outside the Omni Hotel.
This was a powerful podcast episode for me. I found myself surprised by tears part way through it. I hope you enjoy it as well.