by Dr. T
Hear no evil…See no evil…Speak no evil. Really? Where does that leave,“the struggle against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this ‘dark world’ and against the spiritual forces of evil…”? Right now the shooting deaths of black men by those sworn to “protect and serve” remains a legitimate and “normalized” practice that is prevalent across this country and is increasingly played out in the public square on social media, sometimes in real time. We are watching the literal executions, on television screens large and small, not at all unlike snuff films (which are illegal), but are produced and sold on the seamy underground market. No matter what “side” you may come down on, you cannot pretend that this is normal, humane, or what equal protection under the law in America should mean. And in the face of this phenomenon, those who “hold these truths to be self evident” say nothing. #WhiteChurchQuiet is trending on Twitter. Truth, justice and righteousness seem to have lost their power in much the same way as public execution without judge, jury or trial seem to have taken on a new urgency when Black lives are at stake. Where is the outrage among the Evangelical community? Where are the voices that like to tout #AllLivesMatter? Silent.
The pattern of weekly shooting deaths of Black men and women in America has created a clear and present danger to the lives of all Black Americans of all faiths and belief systems and still, the #WhiteChurchQuiet. Black pastors and believers all over this country have been witnessing the marginalization of Black Lives in Flint, where the poisoning of a whole generation of Black children can be likened to a new type of genocide. In Milwaukee, in Minneapolis, in Charlotte, in Atlanta, in Chicago, in San Diego, just in the past 35 days the citizens have been taking to the streets to protest the killing of Black men at the hands of law enforcement officers, most of whom have still not been charged with any crime or even reprimanded for abuse of power or violating the standards of good police practices. Most are on paid leave pending the outcome of ongoing investigations including those opened by the Department of Justice. Meanwhile, a community grieves the loss of fathers, husbands, sons, brothers and friends. The community is left traumatized and devastated by this ongoing campaign on the Black citizens of this nation and still, #WhiteChurchQuiet.
In silence there is complicity, in silence there is agreement, in silence there is participation in this ongoing slaughter. We are, right now, in a defining moment in
our history and The Church does not get a pass. No one does. There is an undeniable racial platform being touted in this political season. Not that racial politics aren’t always present in the political discourse in America, because it is a part of this nation’s historic legacy, but because we are about to elect the next President of the United States this discourse has been brought front and center in the public debate. History will ultimately tell the story of both America’s shame and/or silence AND her courage in the struggle for equal protection under the law, justice, liberty and freedom for ALL Americans regardless of race, class, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or national origin. There’s still time to STAND UP, to SPEAK UP, to engage in the struggle to move America forward towards the aspirations of inclusion, equity and equality for ALL. #WhiteChurchQuiet needs to change that #hashtag. To remain silent means you have made a decision to Not See, Not Hear, Not Speak. The struggle is real. You can continue to be a part of the problem or engage ACTIVELY in interrogating solutions.