I posted this on my other blog “Morning Meditations,” but it really needs the widest possible audience, so I’m reblogging it here, too. “The Presence of Justice”. It wasn’t easy to write. For a lot of you, it won’t be easy to read.
Photo credit: KIVI Staff – Black Lives Matter protest in front of the Idaho State Capitol
There’s quite a push in social media and in the news regarding phrases like “silence is concent” and “silence is violence.” In other words, if you are white and you don’t say something about “systemic racism,” and a very specific something, then you are accused of giving tacit approval to racism in general and violence against people of color in particular.
I don’t know about that. The Bible has a lot to say about times when it is better to be silent rather than speaking out of emotion or impulse. Make no mistake, there’s a lot of emotion and impulse in both social media and the real world.
Having Jewish family members, my traditional focus relative to justice is the battle against antisemitism, and, after all, bigotry is bigotry, right? Would not the words…
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