I believe that the first call upon those of us who are white is to listen – with humility, without condemning – to the expression of black rage in this moment.
None of us knows what it is like to be black in America.
Not a one of us.
There is much work to be done to address the terrible inequities that give rise to that rage.
We will do that work better if we begin by listening before we speak and before we act.
None of us does that perfectly, but all of us can keep doing it better.
We also can do a better job of listening to the fact that black people are made not only of righteous rage, but also of creativity, joy, love, connection, and meaning.
In other words, black folks are fully human, created in God’s image.
Understanding that is critical work in resisting the impulse toward dehumanization as well.
Here are three organizations doing vital work on the ground in Minneapolis.
Minnesota Freedom Fund
Black Visions Collective
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Supporting such efforts in a tangible way is also really important right now.
If you do not have access to a range of black voices to inform your listening, message me and I will share links to some of the public voices that I listen to and learn from.
There is much more work to be done, but the very first work we must do today is not cause more harm.