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Facilitator: Dick Swaisgood
Staff Liaison: Sherry Grindeland, Fellowship Coordinator
Tuesdays, 8:30 am, online (contact Dick Swaisgood for instructions on joining these virtual gatherings)
as of August 2020:
Our study of racism and white privilege has been a difficult and revealing journey. We came to the realization that we have been part of a system that provided white people with multiple opportunities and yet blocked and restricted people of color from the same benefits that we have been granted. This was a hard pill for us to swallow.
The “Seeing White” podcast (Sceneonradio, Year Two) we recently completed took us through a journey of our country’s history of growth and expansion by the exploitation of others, from the devious ways by which we obtained lands from Native Americans to the use of slavery to enable our agrarian economy to develop in the early days of the republic.
Though slavery technically ended with the Emancipation Proclamation, segregation continued through Jim Crow laws that restricted access to housing, education, employment, voting rights, and religion. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was supposed to end discrimination and segregation, but it didn’t change the spirit of a segregated society. The actions and the culture of white advancement kept the Blacks “in their place.” Even the election of a Black president who brought hope to the black community, that they finally would have the equality and respect due them, did not happen. Their hopes have since been met with the backlash of disrespect and disregard.
As people of God and led by the Holy Spirit, we will continue to seek justice for all of God’s creation and peoples. We are inspired by the words of Congressman John Lewis: “See Something; Say Something; Do Something.”
The TMM (Tuesday Morning Men) began a new Internet class by Michael Curry called “Spirituality and Racial Justice.” It is a series of short, thought-inspiring lectures followed by questions and discussion. If you feel inspired to join in the discussion, please fill your coffee cup, no dress code required, shaving is optional, and meet us online at 8:30 am Tuesday mornings.
Contact Dick Swaisgood for instructions on joining this online gathering.