Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep– Romans 12:15 ESV
My heart is truly heavy due to all that has transpired recently due to the killing of Michael Brown and the verdict of no charges to Officer Wilson. Some reading this may be shocked at my heavy heart, but Ferguson is not just about “justice” or “injustice”, a point, which many of my white friends fail to see. The reality is this: racism is real and stories like this add fuel to the already smoldering fire of injustice. I can already hear many people’s responses: “But Wilson was innocent. He shot Michael several times because he was threatening him. Wilson was found not guilty because he was not guilty.” Here’s what I have to say: SO WHAT.
I hope I’ve got your attention, because the ignorance of many people is making me frustrated. When a black person shares their dismay on social media over the verdict, DO NOT shove the “evidence” down their throats. You, by this action are saying more than I hope you are intending to. Here is what my black brothers and sisters hear when you do this:
“So, you feel injustice has transpired? You say it’s a racial thing, but it’s not! It’s a simple case of innocent or not and he was innocent. I don’t care about your feelings…in fact your feelings are WRONG and you’re wrong. Racism isn’t real, get over your whining”.
This is what you communicate with your “retaliation” articles. No matter what you feel about the case, we are called to mourn (or weep) with those who mourn. Friends, our black brothers and sisters are hurting. A person of color, who was unarmed, was SHOT DEAD, by a white cop. This brings up cultural fears and wounds that no one, except those wounded by the past can understand. Instead of pointing fingers and proving that “justice was served” we all (white and otherwise) should sit with our friends of color in their pain. Walk alongside of them and hear their wounded hearts. America and her government have not done this. Instead of reacting like Jesus and walking alongside the hurting, many have perpetuated the pain by literally rubbing the faces of the broken in their brokenness. Jesus gave a promise to those who mourn. He said: “Blessed are those who mourn, for shall be comforted” – Matthew 5:4 ESV.
I believe that the Spirit of God residing in his people is urging us to be the comfort to the mourning. Much of that in this situation will be those not of color to lovingly coming alongside of their brothers and sisters of color with no agenda but to simply comfort and love. Racism is a reality, plain and simple. We must break the cycle and become the change we all talk about. I’m done with the hate and I won’t stand by and watch my black friends be offended by the ignorance of my white friends any longer. Many people simply need to wake up and realize what there are actually saying when they say stuff.
Those who’ve been hurt with this crazy event now known as #Ferguson, I love you deeply and I am sorry for your pain and the reminder of the past and current wounds that happen due to this type of racism. Please let me know how I can walk with you in this.