The events of Charlottesville, VA rocked me to my core. I woke up in the morning to scenes of torches that resembled something out of a history book rather than a news story on my facebook feed in 2017. I watched the news and sat in horror watching a car plunge into a crowd of people standing up to hatred and bigotry. The Presidentmade comments of the event in between statements of how well the economy was doing and how low unemployment was.
I sobbed, I grieved, I felt a heaviness in my chest that has lingered.
In the flurry of facebook posts, statements, and developments terms like white supremacy, al-right, nationalism were plastered everywhere with little to no context.And while many are quick to denounce Charlottesville, often times white supremacy goes unnoticed in day to day life.
It looks like cultural appropriation, it looks like gentrification of neighborhoods, it looks like events like Ferguson and Standing Rockwhere people of color are dehumanized.I want to challenge all of us to not to only call out the extremes but also be as committed to addressing the daily forms of white supremacy and racism.
It is my hope that allies will continue to fight racism, in the everyday and extreme forms. It is my hope that the church will continue to affirm that we are all made in the image of God. It is my hope that in the end love wins, goodness wins, and that we continue to live our lives to the fullness of who we are rather than shrink back in the face of hatred.
It is my hope that we are not silent. It is my hope that we listen to each other and do not deny or detract from the reality. It is my hope that nevertheless we persist because we are not going anywhere.