This has been a tough couple of weeks. Covid 19 has pushed us into a corner. We’ve been doing our best to hold on, then along comes this horrifying and senseless murder. The image of George Floyd lying on the ground, dying, with a knee on his neck, I can’t get it out of my mind.
But there is hope out there. Protests from Minneapolis to Paris, from Atlanta to Australia and from right here in my home town, Portland, to far away Berlin and London.
Don’t take my word for it. Check out Ezra Klein’s interview, ‘Why Ta-Nehisi Coates is Hopeful.’ It’s a tough listen, but helpful to understand what is going on. Ta-Nehisi Coates is a brilliant and insightful man who has the ability to articulate complicated issues in clear and understandable language.
For many years now, I’ve walked through my neighborhood and seen the signs that people have had in their yards.
I’d think, well of course. Who wouldn’t agree with that? Why would you even need to say that?
But now I am beginning to understand why these things need to be said.
And said again and again.
And why we should remember how we came to here.
And never forget.
A while ago, outside of the Grace Covenant Fellowship Church not too far from my house and from what I’ve observed a mostly African American congregation, they had placed a sign.
A reminder of the work we all still need to do.
And finally, on a nearby wall painted so local kids could draw on it,
a reminder of how to get there.