Do the Work at Hand
The bloggosphere is electric with reactions to the Trayvon Martin case. I will keep this brief. If you are in the clergy, bring your people together and comfort them, regardless of their race. If you are preaching tomorrow, preach the sermon you intended, do not change your subject, rather offer a prayer for those who have come to this bizarre decision and a prayer for real change and real solutions to our colonial sickness. If you are the member of a church come together with your youth and explain to them that they are safe; particularly if they are black and particularly if they are male. Do not look for a reason to cause more harm here. If you are not religious or part of a religious community, talk to your friends, your brothers and sisters, your family, and keep on talking. We are stronger than this.
Tomorrow I will preach a sermon on Islam to a mostly white congregation. I will preach about how I am as flawed as any racist or bigot and that in order to be the person of faith that I wish to be, I must acknowledge my failings and face them. I ask you all as I will ask that congregation, before you react to today’s news, before you tell yourself that you are a good liberal; before you assume that you are immune to bias, look at yourself, ask yourself in your heart where you are broken and where you are flawed and dive deep into working with it to fix it in your heart. This will allow you to see in the broken hearts of those who have just placed a young person’s life on a lower rung than that of a scared vigilante.
No injustice was ever solved by created greater injustices. We can take back this country and our dignity and our future if we first learn how to truly love ourselves and one another.
A prayer to us all.