TO: Paul B. Raushenbush
@raushenbush 1 hour ago
You asked: What are white Christians doing to support and protect black churches in the south? Tweet me if you know
Paul, I was dismayed to realize the depth of racism, then Ferguson showed us that racism/hatred is very deep and very fierce. This racial divide among Christians is not supposed to be there, but that very perversion of the Christian message is preached in the legislatures, in the town halls, in the family circles.
I am from the East coast, now living in Missouri, and we did not hear about/nor was there TV coverage until a day ago! Blackout of tragic news! We have to wonder why this phenomenon is occurring. One possibility is that the breadth and depth of racism has been vastly underestimated.
Last Sunday, a pastor firmly condemned the massacre in S.C., and boldly praised the SCOTUS decisions. Now, we learn that churches are being destroyed by arson. Though theologically a church cannot be destroyed, in the real world, the ashes and the empty lot tell a hateful tale.
A colleague walked about during a wicked sermon in church last Sunday. I have done that. I wonder if people are brave enough to walk when they resist or hate the message. Where is courage at a time like this? Without the courage of the generations of people of color to resist oppression, where would we be? Without Rosa Parks and the men and women who marched, who rode down from the North to be part of the resistance to blatant racism, would we still be silent about evil?
I write; I speak; I use the pulpit. Truly, Paul, among my own “circle/neighborhood” the reaction to the past two weeks – the murders, the arson – has been mostly silence. This does not include those who opening use racist statements because they are foolish and ignorant.
What are white Churches doing? First, before acting, they need a change of heart. And time is wasted until then.
(Rev.) Mary E. Latela, @LatelaMary