How can one stay silent?

Juxtaposition

  • This week is the 50th anniversary of the “Little Rock 9”.
  • The Jenna 6 demonstrations bring 20,000 to point out continuing racism last week.
  • White supremacist groups try to say that it is not about race this week and raise their ugly vision of America.
  • I’ve been doing some reading about the stories of lynching in Maryland in the 1930s.
  • I’ve had this book commended to me this week.  On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the Twenty-first Century
  • I was invited to a conference to talk about the troubles BRAC will bring to the area, but it was veiled xenophobia and even more veiled racism.
  • And on a website where people can post comments about news events related to Annapolis, the following exchange is found:

“Want to end the violence and shootings in Annapolis? Get rid of all Section-8 housing. Get the low income scum and thugs, and all their drugs out of Annapolis. Make Annapolis the city it once was, where only those of us with money can afford to live.”

“I agree, and as if to back up your theory, once again the complaints are coming from a certain area.  as long as the animals are allowed to roam the streets there can be no safe place to live.  There are plenty of empty places in baltimore city that this trash can be moved to. the crime rate there is already so high that a few more animals wont even make a difference.”

I don’t make this up!

Racism remains one of our huge problems, and it seems that we are more comfortable allowing it to simmer and fester rather than to call it out as evil.  I can’t stay silent.

Pondering Pastor

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