Dear white siblings, be not fooled.
When the President of the U.S. and his entourage, (it’s important to learn their names and positions of power) impulsively decided to walk across the street from the White House to a House of God, their instincts reveal White Supremacy & Christian Nationalism to the core. The videos and photos portray it pure and simple.
If any of the 5-7 white people who walked the hundred plus yards had stopped to acknowledge the humanity, the dignity, the presence of the protestors, the clergy, the media, the police, their actions would have illustrated faithfulness.
Instead, they were blindly focused on their goal, which was to cross the street, stand in front of a church none of them attend, hold up a Bible as if it were the Flag, (both idolatrous) and blaspheme religious institutions while disgracing the executive branch of the U.S. government.
White siblings, it’s time to stand down. To put down our practices of power hoarding, paternalism, defensiveness & either/or thinking. It’s been killing brown & black bodies since 1619 and it’s killing us. Credit due Tema Okun and her work on white supremacy culture, changework.
Today is the last day of May 2020
The U.S. convulses from 400 years of white people not naming, facing, repairing two truths: that white people’s ancestors stole this land from the Native peoples and that white people built an unjust economic system on the backs of Black peoples, through slavery, segregation, redlining, mass incarceration and militarized police.
Genocides of native & black peoples. These are the dual pandemics which have infected our nation for over 4 centuries. COVID 19 lays bare what black and brown peoples have always known. White Supremacy is the underlying sickness which must be eradicated. It starts with me.