Wrestling with Racism
Our hearts are broken as we look at video that shows the murder of George Floyd. As protests take place all over the country, we want to help, but we don’t know how – or we think we don’t know. Racism is a systemic structure in our society so invisible that white folks don’t see it. But it is there, nonetheless, and our black sisters and brothers suffer it every day. It is NOT the responsibility of those suffering racism to educate white people. That work is ours. Our baptismal vows require us, “to resist oppression and evil, to show love and justice and to witness to the work and word of Jesus Christ.” One of the ways we resist oppression is to understand and see it for what it is.
Watch this introduction to “Systemic Racism” from act.tv
Are you interested in an historical perspective? Check out this open class from Yale
African American History: From Emancipation to the Present
Elizabeth Baker, Margaret Battat, Josephine McNeil, Rebekah Mitsein, Pete November, and Marge O'Reilly volunteered at the June 7th annual meeting to take part in a conversation on racial justice matters in Newton. Out of this Conversation, we have produced this document for the congregation's consideration.
ATTEND THE WEEKLY PROTEST IN NEWTON CORNER
Two local 9-year-old girls have organized a Black Lives Matter peaceful protest to be held from 5:30-6:00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays along Tremont Strret between Park and Waverly. By asking people to wear masks, they have been able to maintain proper distance between attendees. They ask you also bring a sign.