On this episode of My Sistas’ Keeper, Abby and I discuss how to hopefully resist the spirit of despair when talking about race, specifically on social media. We share our honest, raw emotions about the Philando Castile verdict and the killing of Charleena Lyles. We also discuss Scripture about despair and respond to listener questions about to respond to race-related tragedies and police brutality:
How should Shalom Sistas talk to their children, students, etc., about these events?
What should a Shalom Sista do if her church is silent in the face of injustice?
How can white Shalom Sistas be allies right now?
Is there a way for Shalom Sistas to engage with their local police departments to talk about racial profiling, etc.?
How can Shalom Sistas leverage whatever platform they have (blog, community office, leadership position, ministry, relationships) to shed light on these tragedies and say what needs to be said?
What are you longing to hear spoken or named–what do you think God is longing to hear spoken or named from pulpits?
Trust talks: http://www.trusttalks.org/
The documentary 13th
View it here.
“But if you dismiss black complaints of mistreatment by police as being completely rooted in our modern context, then you’re missing the point completely. There has never been a period in our history where the law and order branch of the state has not operated against the freedoms, the liberties, the options, the choices that have been available to the black community, generally speaking. And to ignore that racial heritage, to ignore that historical context, means that you can’t have an informed debate about the current state of blacks and police relationship today, ‘cause this didn’t just appear out of nothing. This is the product of a centuries-long historical process. And to not reckon with that is to shut off solutions.” – Kevin Gannon on 13th
Reading about the history of black and brown people in America
- Prayer: “The Death of Someone Killed in the Neighborhood”
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