I woke up this morning to racism making the news… again. In one instance, a white woman felt her life was being threatened by a black man who asked her to leash her dog while he was birdwatching in New York’s Central Park. When she refused and said she was calling the police, he filmed her to provide his own alibi. Another African-American man was himself filmed by bystanders in Minneapolis as he was being arrested. The arresting officer pinned him to the ground by kneeling on his neck. The man shouted, “I can’t breathe” echoing the words of Eric Gardner, and like Gardner, died shortly after the incident.
Within the past week, another African American woman, Breonna Taylor, was shot while she and her boyfriend were sitting in her apartment. The police had entered the wrong residence using a “no knock warrant,” searching for people dealing drugs. The address the police were supposed to be going to was 10-miles away. Breonna’s killing seemed to be a repeat of the Bothanm Jean murder from a couple of years ago. History appears to be repeating itself, in ever tightening circuits, and things need to change … now.
This week the full Antioch team, Pastor Reggie Smith, Libby Huizenga, Susie Dixon, Michelle Loyd-Paige, and myself , all gathered virtually to talk about the last chapter in the Color of Compromise, a chapter focused on solutions for changing the status quo of racism in the United States.
Let’s go now and listen to this conversation.