On White Privilege and Taking Sides

This captures the horror of racism and the shame of white privilege.

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Tutu“It’s like someone getting killed during a funeral service.” – Scott Woods

I do not want to hide behind whiteness or succumb to numbness. So I am going to tell you a story — a story of white privilege. My own.

“Castile is at least the 506th person shot and killed by police so far in 2016, according to a Washington Post database that tracks such shootings.” :: read more  

These are people’s LIVES. Not hashtags, not statistics. LIVES. The insanity of sanctioned racism and murder has got to stop. This would never have gone down this way if he, Philando Castile, his girlfriend (who was HANDCUFFED while police “sorted things out” — this after she watched her boyfriend die of four gunshot wounds), and her four-year-old daughter had been white. If you don’t believe me, you are part of the problem.

A few weeks ago, I got pulled…

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6 Responses to On White Privilege and Taking Sides

  1. Mind Margins says:

    We here in Dallas are heartbroken. We have to stop the hate. Stop blaming everyone else. It starts with YOU. Don’t hate. Violence is never the answer. We are making this too complicated. Enough.

    • Angela, I am so sorry you are from Dallas. I understand your heartbreak. I’m from Charleston, SC, and we had a similar, baffling heartbreak a year ago. When such a tragedy happens, all other concerns and activities take on a senseless, autonomous tone and the will becomes almost paralyzed for days, weeks. I am so sorry.

      • Francine Brady says:

        I will never forget those dear folks in Charleston who, in their grief and pain said, “I forgive you.” Amazing Grace! They know violence begets violence and did not fall into that trap.

      • Mind Margins says:

        You know, it actually pulled the city together in a very good way. Dallas is a very segregated city, and for a few weeks there was a palpable sense of unity in the city. So it was nice to see some good come out of such a tragic thing.

  2. Francine Brady says:

    Those dear folks showed the world how true Christians do it. In their grief and pain they said, “I forgive you.” Amazing Grace. Violence begets violence there is no doubt about it.

  3. Francine Brady says:

    The folks from Charleston showed the world what amazing grace looks like. In their grief and pain they said, ” I forgive you.”

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