I shared this photo and caption on my Instagram account yesterday after spending much of this past week trying to read people’s experiences and listen to their stories:
I don’t know the answers, but I do know we all need to share love more and more. I pray we can learn to do that together.
A few of the voices I’ve been reading and listening to this week:
- This video from Beleaf on one of the reasons why he does his “Beleaf in Fatherhood” videos and why that matters. A must-watch.
- Justice for Black Lives Begins with Us – an important article from Propaganda (And read this post spurred by it from Lara.)
- Three Things We Need to Stop Doing in the Race Conversation – video from Jeff Bethke
- Calling All Peacemakers – a brief post from Jen Hatmaker
- Several people have recommended reading The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. I have a copy coming so I can read and learn.
- This analogy can help explain why the argument of using All Lives Matter instead of Black Lives Matter at a time like this can be harmful. This article from Relevant also uses another analogy and explains more:
“It’s just that it’s unhelpful. It’s an attempt to erase an actual crisis under the guise of being fair. And by continuing to use “All Lives Matter” to drown out the cry of “Black Lives Matter,” the real problems the movement is trying to address are being ignored. … The context of “Black Lives Matter” is not that other lives don’t. The context of “Black Lives Matter” is that the value of black lives remains under assault in the United States.”
- This tweet about listening.
- This from our President during a press conference: “To be concerned about these issues is not to be against law enforcement … So to all of law enforcement, I want to be very clear: we know you have a tough job, we mourn those in uniform who are protecting us who lose their lives. … When people say Black Lives Matter, it doesn’t mean blue lives don’t matter, it just means all lives matter, but right now the big concern is the fact that the data shows black folks are more vulnerable to these kinds of incidents. This isn’t a matter of us comparing the value of lives…”
- This post from Lecrae on humility being key to understanding race relations.
Just a sampling of the people I follow on social media that are voices I trust and are involved and I try very hard to listen to and learn from:
- Propaganda (Jason) – Twitter and Instagram
- Joshua DuBois – Twitter
- Beleaf – Twitter
- Jen Hatmaker – Twitter and Instagram
- Katie Ganshert – Twitter and Instagram
How about you supporting neighbors during this past week and beyond? I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas.
Side note: I also believe where we spend our money votes on what kind of world we want. When I’m looking for certain items or for gifts or something to brighten someone’s day, I love to support non-profit organizations that work to help real people with real stories. Today, one of my favorite organizations, Mercy House Global, is having a one-day flash sale on some great fair-trade items for women, kids, men, and home. (Earrings are buy one, get one free today only. The “fair trade grab bags” are only $10, which make great gifts. And our family is going to be working through one of the global family kits together this upcoming school year.) These items provide jobs for refugees here in the States and for women in various countries around the world. Please explore the site and learn about the amazing work Mercy House Global does.
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