Systemic racism needs to be eradicated.
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.
Looking at today’s gospel reading, the line above is what struck me.
As Jesus slowly suffocated on the cross, can you imagine the sorrow and pain that these women felt as they watched?
The indignity and injustice of it all!
Can you, for a moment, put yourself in the shoes of the mother and family of George Floyd who watched the video of him being suffocated under the knee of a police officer as he lay face down on a Minneapolis street with his hands cuffed behind his back?
Can you imagine their pain, outrage and frustration?
If you are a person of color, you no doubt can.
You and others of color have been victimized many times before in unjust and brutal ways.
If you are white like me, you might be for the first time coming to terms with the systemic racism that has been victimizing people of color for hundreds of years.
Jesus looked down from the cross at those who murdered him and asked God to forgive them because “they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).
We, too, must find it in our hearts to forgive injustices – but we also must have justice.
We absolutely must listen to our brothers and sisters of color and be willing to make major changes.
Too many white people sit complacently in their positions of privilege and power seemingly not knowing what they do.
Jesus said that whatever you did to the least of these, you did to him.
Jesus has been brutalized over and over inside the skins of George Floyd and countless other people of color.
Where are the voices of Christian leaders?
We are all accountable to make changes.
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