This is part of a six week series to begin learning about race in America.
One of the most unloving things we can tell somebody is that their pain is not real. This has long been a reality when White people talk to Black people about racism. We want to think that racism is behind us. The murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd have made it painfully obvious that racism is still a demonic spirit alive in our country. So we press into stories of police brutality to weep with those who weep. When we turn a blind eye, we don’t love our neighbor.
Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.1 John 4:20
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.Romans 12:15
Materials to read/watch
- Why there is unique outrage when an unarmed black man is shot and killed #AhmaudArbery (Pastor’s Blog)
- A Decade of Watching Black People Die (Podcast and Article)
- Have you considered why there is unique outrage when an unarmed black man is shot and killed? What were your thoughts before and after reading the article?
- Listen to this podcast and learn the stories of each person murdered linked in the article. Take note of what stories you’re reading for the first time. If you find yourself overwhelmed, begin by learning one or two stories you have never heard of before.
- What person’s story from A Decade of Watching Black People Die stood out most to you and why? Take a moment to pray for that person’s family and community.
BONUS: Civil Rights Attorney Story (Facebook video, 5 min)