30 Days of Anti-Racism
It is hard to know all the details of an event when looking at it from a distance. It is difficult to pass judgement when lacking all the knowledge of the law. Yet, this case seemed relatively simple. Breanna Taylor and her boyfriend were home, asleep at midnight, when the police entered using a no-knock warrant. Thinking it was a robbery, the boyfriend fired a gun and the police returned fire, killing Breanna Taylor. Yesterday, one of the officers was held accountable. Not for the killing but for shooting into the surrounding apartments. We are not surprised that there is sadness and despair and a sense from many that a human life has been devalued.
There are too many examples of how dangerous this world is right now. We have spent 24 days with a particular focus on learning how to not just sit back and not care, but to be actively anti-racist. We have been opening up to ways to be more aware of the power dynamics and privilege and biases that if left unconfronted will remain a sin that divides us.
Empathy is a good place to start. Kentucky Country music singer Tyler Childers shared a heartfelt plea to those in his community. His message is helpful for all of us these days. Please watch.
In what ways does this video put the suffering of those who are African American into perspective? How can you use your voice and power to make a difference?