Charlottesville

– for many white people, it was like, “Yikes, I didn’t know there were people around who still felt that way. This is a problem. This isn’t who we are. This is a small group of crazies.”

– for other white people, it was like, “It’s about time someone stood up for everything we have lost to “them.”

– for many people of color, it was like tearing out the stitches on a relatively recent wound. They knew it was there but suddenly it got a whole lot more real again.

– for some people of color, it was like re-breaking a leg that you broke many years ago in a high school football game. You always knew it was there, but suddenly it got a lot more painful again.

Now please note, I am not a person of color, so my estimate of what they were feeling comes from someone who hasn’t been there, but knows people who have. So if I’m wrong or at best different from your perspective, please accept my apology.

So what does this leave us with? A deep subject that a lot of people are afraid to do anything more than tread lightly on. Or if they are willing to jump in and discuss it, they have only their opinions to back it up. (I think that many of those who jump in with only their opinions are afraid of being wrong and believe that loud is a good compensating factor.)

I am going to try something different here. I have been and will continue to be in touch with preachers and other church leaders – and they are not all white Dutch guys. I have received a substantial list of books that address the issues we are attempting to deal with – issues that were once again brought to light by actions in Charlottesville and elsewhere.

These are authors and activists and theologians who talk about all aspects of white privilege, racism, what God has to say, what the slave traders had to say, what our Founding Fathers had to say, what the leaders of the civil war had to say, what pastors in Nazi Germany had to say and what Martin Luther King Junior had to say (and that’s only a start……)

I’m going to do a series on the blog about these issues. It’s not going to be a short one because it’s a deep and multi-faceted problem.

But it is a problem. Collectively, we (the white man) are not treating others the way God wants us to.

That has to change.

I don’t know how long this series will take – but there are a lot of details that people currently are ignoring that need to be known.

Walk with me. If you want to write a guest post about the issues, let’s talk.

I believe we can do better.

I believe we must do better.

Tom