Anger. This how I’m currently feeling. This how I have been feeling for awhile. When Trump was running for President, and won I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe how many Christians voted for this man. That’s when my journey started to separate myself from white American Christian evangelicals. I wanted to know how it got to this point.
We’ve been taught to never talk about religion or politics. But by not talking or speaking up, it’s created this mess today. I started to speak up when George Floyd was murdered. I’ve seen and followed the other POC killings through out the years and stayed quiet. Not out of fear but not knowing what to say or how to say it. That changed when Instead of people being outraged by a murder they were outraged about property damage! Property can be replaced not people’s lives. I started to speak up about Black Lives Matters on social media. After days of being told I support Marxism, people telling me that “as a Christian I shouldn’t support BLM.” I snapped! Out of anger I said, “your white privilege needs to sit down and shut up!” You want to know who was the most angry about what I said? White Christians!
So how does Trump and the issue of race correlate? In my experience little has been done to protect POC. After the protests Trump did nothing to rectify the situation only to criticize cities. Whether you believe he incited what happened at our capitol or not, it still happened. A mob of people were able to breech national security and put many lives in danger! If BLM did that there would have been bodies on those capitol steps! I’m tired of the hypocrisy! People had the most to say when the riots were happening. But now they’re quiet? It’s time the church takes accountability for staying silent for oppression that is happening in this country! I’m angry that Christians try and silence me when I’m speaking of my experiences or speaking in truth! I have spent months learning about American history I’ve never learned in school. I have learned that Christians have supported racism and the like by their silence. As MLK said “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
I realize It may seem I’m talking out of both sides of my mouth. But I’m not. I want speci?cally white Christians to understand that talking about race in America is uncomfortable. When I speak up about race, I’m not trying to make white people feel guilty. I’m not saying “all white people” are bad. Using scripture or saying, “I accept everyone.” it’s like putting a band aid over a cut. But not examining how deep the cut is. Along the lines of the church staying silent. There is so much churches can do. Start a support group talking about race issues and social injustice. Start a book club. There are so many great books out there that you can learn so much from. Participate in a peaceful protest. Be a part of the NAACP. Reach out to a POC. We’re happy to talk about our experiences with you. These are some ideas how Christians can come along side with their brothers and sisters of color.
I know my anger is going to drive me to keep doing good. I refuse to be bitter. I’m going to keep speaking my truth and continue to help others understand what it’s like to be a black woman in America. I want to tear down walls of race and build bridges for a better tomorrow.