Black Lives Matter and White Privilege

One of the most significant recent social movements is the Black Lives Matter protests. Sparked initially by a rash of police shootings of unarmed black men the supporters of Black Lives Matter seek to address the unequal treatment of African-Americans not only by police, but also in education, incarceration and the many other ways that our society discriminates against people of color. We are still suffering under the racist legacy from the United States’ founding as a slave-holding country.

Jim Wallis, of Sojourners, calls racism our country’s original sin. His new book, America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege and a Bridge to a New America, is an insightful look at the development of racism and a practical guide to addressing this persistent scourge in our country.

“Love Your Neighbor: the Tough Cases” has been our 2016 Lenten theme. Unfortunately, the ability to love our neighbors is often poisoned by the systematic inequality that we all live with. We cannot truly love each other until we understand the pain of all American’s due to the division of racism. This Sunday, March 13, my sermon will point to ways forward in healing racism’s pains by looking at how it all began. The way forward includes a new look at what it means to be a white American as we change systems that discriminate against people of color. There will also lead a Sermon Talk-Back following worship to talk about what our congregation may do to address the sin of racism in our community.

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