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When Was the Last Time You Had a Friend Murdered?

This video is about 7 minutes long, but it’s worth it.

Brooks Sandwich House from Southern Foodways on Vimeo.

Scott Brooks (the one in the red shirt in the video) was murdered a week ago today while opening his sandwich shop in the NoDa neighborhood of Charlotte.  The loss to the neighborhood and beyond is immeasurable.

The next day, in the Charlotte City Council Meeting, Councilman Braxton Winston was interrupted while sharing a story about Mr. Brooks. The story was ostensibly going on too long. (Winston has been speaking for four minutes.)

Shocked by the interruption, Braxton Winston asked this question:

When was the last time you had a friend murdered?

The sudden loss of a loved one is always shocking. Accidents.  Heart attacks, Suicide, Embolism.  It’s an unbelievable jolt to our deepest parts.

I can only imagine the sudden loss of a loved one from murder.  I have – personally – never had a friend murdered.  The father of a friend – yes.  The friends of friends – yes.  But I’ve never lost a personal loved one to murder – yet.

The City of Charlotte noted it’s 103rd gun murder with Scott Brooks’ murder last week.  It’s a every day occurrence now to hear about a school shooting, the shooting of a police officer, the shooting of local business leaders, the shooting of people while they pray, the shooting of people on military bases.

It’s just a matter of time before each of us know of someone who has been murdered by guns. 

If we don’t do these things:

  • teach empathy,
  • learn that each person is a child of God,
  • correct gun purchase loop holes,
  • ban military grade weapons for civilians, and
  • bolster mental health care . . .

. . . then knowing someone who was murdered will become as common as knowing someone who died from cancer.  We all know someone who has died of cancer and I pray that one day, that won’t be the case either.

I also pray that the things that lead to gun violence will be corrected.  But it will take more than prayer, my friends.  We have the power to step up and do something in accordance with what God has commanded.

This article about Scott and David Brooks and their father C.T. is well worth the read – especially the part about their donation of property to build affordable housing in Sharon Forest, Charlotte.  In life and in death, we belong to God.

What’s Beautiful About the World Today?

I’ve been lifting up some heavy topics lately and it might give you the idea that I’m no fun.  Actually I have a lot of hope.  I especially have hope for the Church.

Among the most beautiful sights I’ve beheld lately:

  • A newborn surrounded by tired parents who clearly love her with all their being.
  • A photograph of two young people so in love I can feel the electricity from here.
  • A family gathered around a Thanksgiving table holding each other close, in spite of a tough year.
  • A Christmas card featuring ten month old twins so happy that I had to hang the card where I can see it while I cook.

I’ve also seen evidence that many of the blind are receiving their sight, the lame are walking, the lepers are being cleansed, the deaf can hear, the dead are being raised up, and the poor are having good news brought to them.  There are beautiful things happening in this world.  And we can be the ones who notice those beautiful things and tell others – in spite of the world’s darkness.

Have a lovely Friday.

Telling the Truth Could Get You in Trouble

My parents always told us that if we told the truth – even if we did something wrong – we would never get into trouble.  Telling the truth would keep us safe.

When I was a young child, my three siblings and I “trimmed” Mrs. Green’s rose bushes/wrecked havoc on Mrs. Green’s garden and left evidence behind which convicted us: a hedge trimmer labeled “Edmiston” in red.  With evidence in hand, Mrs. Green marched over to our yard and told our parents about The Great Rose Bush Destruction of 1964.

Our parents lined us up and asked each of us individually:

Dad:  Jan, did you “trim” Mrs. Green’s roses?

Me: Yes sir.

And then Dad went down the line to my first brother, my second brother, and my little sister and after he asked each of them “Did you trim Mrs. Green’s roses?” they individually responded “No sir.”

They lied.

Two other things happened that day:

  1. I got a spanking (and my siblings did not.)
  2. I learned that telling the truth would not keep me safe.

The nativity scene on the grounds of Claremont United Methodist Church in Claremont, California has attracted a great deal of attention including angry responses because they have tried to tell the truth this Advent.  The truth is that:

  1. Jesus was born in a cave used to shelter animals.
  2. Jesus was a refugee in Egypt along with his parents.
  3. Jesus was a minority in the Roman empire.
  4. We who believe what the Bible says: that the way we treat “the least of these” is the way we are treating Jesus are aggrieved about the separation of families at the southern border.

The detainment camps. The Mylar blankets. The cages. The lack of vaccinations and health care those who have fled violence and poverty.

This looks nothing like the hospitality God requires.

So here’s the thing: Sometimes we get into trouble when we tell the truth.  My parents got it wrong many decades ago (and we have laughed about the fact that my siblings got away with something.) But we have got to tell the truth about what our nation is doing in the world – even if it gets us in trouble.

I love our country.  I love the good we have done, the peace we have promoted, the industry we have developed.

But what we are doing on the border is wrong.  And that is the truth.

The story of Christmas is so much more than welcoming gentle Jesus, meek and mild.  It’s the story of God showing us what perfect loves looks like.  And that very truth got Jesus executed.

People might get angry when we tell the truth.

Image from The New York Times story on Claremont United Methodist Church.  May God bless their pastoral staff and congregation.

It Started with Jokes About “Triggering” (Is Your White Child Being Groomed by White Nationalists?)

[Thank you MA for inspiring this post.] 

My heart breaks for the parents of the terrorist in the November 29 London Bridge attack. I refuse to include his name here.

His parents are not radicals.  They do not condone violence.  And yet their son perpetrated a terrible crime in a public place resulting in the death of two people and the trauma of hundreds.

What radicalizes people who grew up in moderate and “good” homes?  A local mosque in Charlotte holds classes for parents to help them notice signs that their sons are becoming radicalized.  They are trying to inoculate their children from those who would twist authentic Muslim principles.

White Parents: please pay attention.  We also need to be trained in identifying signs that our children are being groomed by white supremacists/white nationalists.  It’s increasingly common in the suburbs, in small towns, everywhere.

Joanna Schroeder is Twitter-famous for tweeting the message above about her white teenage sons.  (You can read the whole stream here.) And since that tweet Ms. Schroeder has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and on NPR regarding the subtle radicalization of white boys and men.

“I’m not stupid enough to like a Hitler meme on purpose, Mom,” he said. “And anyway, I’m sure my friend shared it to be ironic.”

I know at least one young white men who dons a MAGA hat at his high school because “it makes people mad and that’s funny,” he told me last summer.  But I suspect that he wears it for reasons other than self-entertainment.

From Ms. Schroeder’s opinion piece in The New York Times:

According to Jackson Katz, author of “The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help,” it’s not necessarily the ideology behind white nationalism, anti-feminism or the alt-right that initially appeals to young white men and boys as much as it is the sense of being part of a “heroic struggle.”  Participating in the alt-right community online “offers the seductive feeling of being part of a brotherhood, which in turn validates their manhood,”

Parents of white children: it’s not enough to model kindness and respect.  We need to talk in depth with our children about what happened in Charlottesville and El Paso and Pittsburgh and San Diego and New Zealand when angry white men lashed out at Jews and Muslims and any human beings who can be “otherized.”  White nationalism can be subtle or it can be blatant.  Some of the more blatant white nationalism comes out of the mouths of our elected officials.

I don’t intend for this to be a politically partisan post.  I intend for it to be a spiritual post.

  • We have got to teach our children that all human beings are created in the image of God.
  • We have got to teach our children that every major religion teaches that we were created to love our neighbors as ourselves.
  • We have got to talk to our kids and not allow social media to teach them how to think.

Short of inviting Joanna Schroeder to come to Charlotte, N.C. to teach parents here how to identify when our children are becoming radicalized, do you have ideas about others who could address this issue with parents?

Any former white nationalists out there who want to share past grooming secrets for the sake of squelching white supremacy?  (This is a serious question.)

PS Here’s the link to a free PDF resource called Confronting White Nationalism in Schools: A Toolkit.  It could be a valuable tool for churches.

Lower image from story about California high school party during which the teenagers made a swastika and saluted Hitler. (March 2019)

 

Tarheel Born. Tarheel Dread.

With lux, libertas — light and liberty — as its founding principles, the University has charted a bold course of leading change to improve society and to help solve the world’s greatest problems. 

(From the Mission and Values Statement Approved by the UNC Board of Governors, November 2009 and February 2014.)

When Silent Sam –  a Confederate monument – was dedicated on the grounds of the University of North Carolina in 1913, the University Band played “Dixie” and Julian Carr, a UNC graduate, Trustee and Civil War veteran spoke these words:

One hundred yards from where we stand, less than ninety days perhaps after my return from Appomattox, I horse-whipped a negro wench until her skirts hung in shreds, because upon the streets of this quiet village she had publicly insulted and maligned a Southern lady, and then rushed for protection to these University buildings where was stationed a garrison of 100 Federal soldiers. I performed the pleasing duty in the immediate presence of the entire garrison, and for thirty nights afterwards slept with a double-barrel shot gun under my head.

Lord have mercy.  Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.

It was the United Daughters of the Confederacy who first proposed the monument in 1907 and most of the funds raised to design, build, and erect the monument came from the same Julian Carr who “horse-whipped a negro wench.”

Yes, there were students who died in the Civil War along with brothers and fathers and friends.  But it was a treasonous war.  It was a war about heritage alright – but it was the heritage of owning black and brown human beings.  It was about states’ rights for sure – but they were the rights of states to legalize the buying and selling of human chattel.

They/we lost the war.  (My great, great grandfather died at Antietam fighting for the Confederates.)  This was a war to perpetuate the sin of slavery.  It was a war about white supremacy.

I was born and raised in Chapel Hill.  I graduated from the University of North Carolina.  I have sung about being Tarheel born and Tarheel bred (and when I die I’ll be Tarheel dead) all my life.

Today I am sick about my UNC heritage because of this.

Regarding the Confederate Statues in the southern states as well as the statues of slaveholders in the northeast states (looking at you Peter Stuyvesant)  – I understand that we do not want to cover up our nation’s history even when that history is shameful.  Some people say that – instead of removing statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and Peter Stuyvesant -historians should add plaques that remind us that each of these famous men were among the largest slaveholders in our young nation.

A plaque probably wouldn’t have worked in the case of Silent Sam. For decades and decades many UNC faculty members and students tried to remove him until he was finally pulled to the ground on August 20, 2018. A plaque wouldn’t have kept students from pulling him off his pedestal.

And then this happened last week:  The UNC Board of Governors not only gave Silent Sam to the North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.  They also gave the the Sons of Confederate Veterans $2.5 million.  

The Board of Governors of my alma mater gave $2.5 millions dollars to an organization who – on their own web page – identifies its purpose to be:

Preserving the history and legacy of these (Confederate) heroes so that future generations can understand the motives that animated the Southern Cause. 

Slavery is what animated the Southern Cause.  Slavery.  It was slavery.  It was the heritage of slavery.  It was the right to own slaves.

And preserving that heritage today perpetuates white supremacy.  The Sons of Confederate Veterans is a white supremacist organization.  [Friendly reminder:  we don’t have to wear klan robes or march with tiki torches to be white supremacists.]

The year Silent Sam was dedicated was also the year that Joe McNeely was lynched in my current hometown of Charlotte, NC on the ground where the Panthers play football.  White supremacy was the law of the land in those days.

And we are kidding ourselves if we don’t believe that white supremacy is still in the air we breathe.  Giving an organization whose existence is a tribute to white supremacy 2.5 million dollars is no way to bring light and liberty.

The “bold course” would have been for SOMEBODY on the Board of Governors to acknowledge that – if we indeed want to be an institution of higher learning known for  “leading change to improve society and to help solve the world’s greatest problems”  we would have put this monument in a museum and offered anti-racism training to people of all ages.  For the love of God, you don’t encourage the ones who still believe that white people are superior to non-white people by paying them millions of endowment dollars.

I am so ashamed of this Board of Governors.  This is not who I hoped we were.  But the Board of Governors has declared loudly that – yes – this is indeed who we are.

I’m So Tired of Talking About Hard Things

Church friends and I were discussing how our congregations grapple with uncomfortable issues and it was generally said that many of our people are tired of talking about difficult things.  Generally speaking:

  • White people are tired of talking about white privilege.
  • Prosperous people are tired of talking about poor people.
  • People with safe homes and good health care are tired of talking about people who are homeless and sick.

I can almost hear the comments . . . “It’s all I can do to get my laundry done.”  “I don’t have the energy to take on someone else’s issues.”

It’s tempting to ignore the worries of the world because other people’s problems are not our problems.  We can just walk away.  Specifically . . .

  • White people can walk away from grappling with white privilege but People of Color can’t.  I’m sure that People of Color are tired of dealing with it every day but they have no choice.
  • Wealthy people can walk away from grappling with systemic poverty but the poor can’t.  I’m certain that the poor are tired of being poor and they can’t walk away from their poverty as much as they’d like to do that.
  • Those who have safe shelter and good health care can walk away from grappling with issues like substandard housing and poor healthcare.  But those living under bridges or in squalor without an insurance card can’t walk away from their situations.

The whole point of the birth of Jesus – God Incarnate – is that God doesn’t walk away.  God entered this world as a poor infant. Jesus was literally in the same boat with people during a heavy storm.

(We tend to empathize with our neighbors when we are all in the same boat.)

It’s Advent season when we are waiting for relief and light.  And we are missing the point if we forget that  – actually – we have been called to offer relief and light to other people in Jesus’ name.  We have been called to be with those who face daily racism because of the color of their skin.  We are called to be with those who are blamed for their own poverty.  We are called to be with those who are  ignored in the stresses of their everyday living conditions.

We can’t walk away from The Least of These.  At least we can’t walk away if we hope to emulate Jesus.

And if we are tired of talking about racism or poverty or injustice, imagine how tired people must be who deal with racism or poverty or injustice every day.

How to start?  Stop talking about uncomfortable things and listen. Listen to people whose skin is not white.  Listen to the poor.  Have a conversation with someone who needs housing or healthcare.  Note: we can’t listen to the stories if we don’t know any People of Color or any poor people or any homeless people or any untreated sick people.

Are we actually too tired to pay attention to our neighbors?  Advent is a good time to wake up and pay attention.

Image source unknown but I call it, “I’m Tired of Talking About White Privilege.”

About That Narwhal Tusk

I honestly thought narwhals were mythological creatures.

Not only are they real, but apparently some are stuffed and mounted on restaurant walls.

Ever since reports came out that the man who attacked people last Friday on London Bridge was fended off by a narwhal tusk, I have been thinking about the weirdness of that tragic story.  What’s not weird is that there was a terrorist attack.  That’s – sadly – the most normal part of this true story.

What’s unusual about the story:

  • Ten ordinary bystanders helped subdue an attacker who wielded knives taped to his wrists.
  • The ten people – now hailed as heroes – include a kitchen worker, two non-profit volunteers, two tour guides, two “coat check girls” and a convicted murderer.
  • The “weapons” they used to overpower the attacker included a fire extinguisher, a metal pipe, their own bodies to block doors, and the aforementioned narwhal tusk.

We can learn something from this event in terms of how to be community with and among each other.  Listen up, Church.

  1. Terrible things happen.  Terrible nonsensical things.  And sometimes they even happen when we are trying to do the right thing.  Jack Merritt was a coordinator for Learning Together – a rehabilitation program for formerly incarcerated people.  Saskia Jones was a volunteer at the Learning Together event that day in Fishmongers’ Hall by London Bridge.  Both Merritt and Jones were murdered by the attacker.
  2. When people need help, it might be our turn to step up.  The people who dropped what they were doing to run towards the danger are indeed heroes but they were also everyday people.
  3. We should not judge others by the worst thing they’ve ever done. James Ford was a hero on the day of the attack but in 2004, he murdered a woman.  He served his prison sentence and was out and about the day of the attack. For which event will he be remembered?  As the guy who killed a mentally disabled woman?  Or as the guy who saved the lives of innocent people?
  4. In times of crisis, don’t worry about criticism.  Whoever ripped the narwhal tusk off the mounted narwhal did not think, “I wonder who will get mad at me for breaking this wall mounting?”  He just took it and used it.  The guy who used the fire extinguisher didn’t stop and say, “I hope the fire department doesn’t mind me using up the foam.”  Times of crisis require in-the-moment creativity.
  5. It’s not about us.  Most of the heroes that day have not been identified in the newspaper.  The kitchen staffer corrected the media when he was credited for using the tusk.  (He actually used the pole.)  The “coat check girls” have not been named even though they slowed down the terrorist.  These brave humans will be honored with medals and might be invited to Buckingham Palace (except for Mr. Ford.  Apparently ex-convicts are not allowed at the Queen’s house.)  But the story is not about individual bravery.  It’s about working together.

We in the Church can learn from this, especially as we are stuck in an alternate universe that is neither real nor holy:

Sometimes we in the Church don’t want to hear about terrible things.  We want happy stories, and yet the reality of the world is ugly and God calls us to address the ugly. Sometimes we in the Church are quick to assist our friends and family, but we are slow to help strangers (unless we can control the way we help them.)  Sometimes we in the Church are the judge-iest judges in the neighborhood.  Sometimes we in the Church worry more about what the congregation thinks of us than what God thinks of us.  Sometimes we in the Church make it all about us.  We want to dominate the program.  We want to control the financials.  We want to command the power.

Adventures in missing the point.

Like the wielding of a narwhal tusk, we have been called to be and do something rare and unusual.  It looks like this:

Go out into the world in peace. Have courage. Hold fast to what is
good. Return no one evil for evil. Strengthen the fainthearted,
support the weak, help the suffering. Honor all people. Love and
serve the Lord your God, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

It’s more than a benediction at the end of worship.  It’s a way of life that ten strangers exhibited on a Friday afternoon in London.  As it usually happens, there was something terrible and – still – there was also something beautiful in the midst of that terror.  Because God uses everything.

Image of a narwhal.  Source here.

 

“I Know the Holocaust Happened . . . But Did It Though?”*

*From “Samantha’s Journey Into the Alt-Right and Back” on the 11-22-19 New Yorker podcast.

What we believe to be true these days is based on everything from our “feelings” to “fake news” to unadulterated trust in strangers.

Who and What do we trust?

When I order decaf coffee in a restaurant, I’m trusting servers with my sleep patterns.

When I take a Lyft from point A to point B, I’m trusting a stranger with my safety.

When my second grade teacher taught me that the first Thanksgiving involved people in Pilgrim hats eating side by side with Indians in peace, I trusted her to share real history.

When I read in 2019 that – actually – the Wampanoags were enslaved and murdered by the English settlers in 1621 and that Myles Standish beheaded a Native man named Wituwamat and displayed his head on a spike for many years, I trust that the writers of these articles are sharing the real history.

Or are they?

Trust isn’t everything but it’s a lot.  I depend every day on people trusting me in my work as a professional minister.  Either people trust me or they don’t as I do background checks on other pastors or counsel church leaders through conflicts.

Today we seem to trust each other sparingly.  People who get their news from Fox and people who get their news from MSNBC do not trust each other in terms of political “facts.”  And why would anyone trust church leaders when stories of misconduct are rampant?

Samantha – the woman who left the Alt-Right in The New Yorker podcast noted above – is a great example of someone whose understanding of what is true and what is not true can be molded by people whose “truth” is based on ignorance and bigotry.

What is our truth based on?  (We tend to be lazy fact checkers.)

If we love this country, we have a responsibility to discern facts from misinformation.  Here’s one resource.  Here’s another one.  Here’s another one.

Do your research.

If someone tells you that the Holocaust never happened or Christopher Columbus was a good guy or enslaved people were happy to be enslaved, please read legitimate historians about these things.  Note the authorship of your news sources.  Are they independent journalists or television personalities?  Is our intake of information one-sided?

In whom or in what do we trust?  Discernment requires effort.

Image the book A Lot of People are Saying: The New Conspiracism and The Assault on Democracy by Russell Muirhead and Nancy L. Rosenblum which is a good but depressing read. When someone tells you that “people are saying ____” without identifying what people, check their sources.

PS Today is Giving Tuesday. Give generously to organizations you trust.

Jesus and The Billionaires

These men are the wealthiest billionaires in the United States of America:

Jeff Bezos: $114 billion
Bill Gates: $106 billion
Warren Buffett: $80.8 billion
Mark Zuckerberg: $69.6 billion
Larry Ellison: $65 billion
Larry Page: $55.5 billion
Sergey Brin: $53.5 billion
Michael Bloomberg: $53.4 billion
Steve Ballmer: $51.7 billion
Jim Walton: $51.6 billion

Note that one of these guys is running for President.

I can’t get my head around what $1 billion looks like much less $114 billion, but here’s what Money Magazine said in 2018:

Bezos’ net worth on Jan. 1 (2018) was $99 billion. On May 1 (2018) it was $132 billion, meaning it rose $33 billion. If you divide that difference by the 120 days in that period, you find that he made $275 million a day. Divide that by 24 hours in a day to get about $11.5 million per hour, the equivalent of roughly $191,000 per minute or — the clincher — $3,182 every second.

Jeff Bezos increases his wealth by over $3000 every second.

Billionaires are not inherently bad people.  Some have worked hard for their money and some have been generous.  But most have not been generous in terms of proportional giving.

The Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board asked a couple weeks ago:

Who would do more with $1.08 billion—Bill Gates or Elizabeth Warren? 

Yes, Bill Gates has donated millions – billions even – of his wealth towards public health initiatives.  But he is the exception.  No matter what you think of Elizabeth Warren – or any other candidate for President – I would trust her with $1.08 billion more than Kylie Jenner.

FedEx is an example of one multi-billion dollar corporation which has benefited from the 2017 tax cut (i.e. they pay zero taxes) and they have not kept their promises about investing back into their own company much less contributing to the common good. FedEx obviously uses the nation’s highways but they contribute zero to the upkeep of those highways.  They earned $69.7 billion is 2018 and yet they are “struggling.”

In fact, here is a list of U.S. companies that paid zero taxes in 2018.  Zero.

I met a new neighbor recently who hopes to find space in the men’s shelter here in Charlotte, but chances are slim because the shelters are full and will most likely continue to be full.  Local overnight accommodations hosted by houses of faith did not open for business until last night.  D. has been sleeping in the woods near my apartment.

D. can’t get a job because he doesn’t have an address.  He has a phone, a charger, and a social services card that allows him to ride the bus for $1.  He depends on strangers for food.

There are enormous political and administrative issues which keep us from offering enough homes, enough school lunches, clean water, livable wages, and affordable health care for every human being in this nation.  The truth is that we could offer these things if we wanted to.  We just don’t want to.

The financial divide in the United States will be our downfall as a nation.  It used to be true that you could live a comfortable middle class life working one full time job as a barber or a firefighter or a public school teacher.  This isn’t true in many places because – while unemployment rates are low – wages are also low.

Jesus weeps.

These are not merely political or economic issues.  These are spiritual issues.  How are we – as people of faith – addressing them?  Is it really democracy when elections can be bought?  Can we call ourselves “a good nation” when we ignore the needs of the poorest Americans for the sake of corporate tax cuts?  As one GOP voter said recently: “We have no moral compass, but, hey, we have conservative judges!”

Our nation will be judged for this.  God came into the world once already to help us see the truth.  I believe God will come again and it won’t be pretty – especially for those of us who have congratulated ourselves for being such good people.

PS Prosperity Gospel is a heresy.

Image of Bill and Melinda Gates by Jon R. Friedman seen at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC

White Supremacists Look Like This. And This.

There’s an organization based in Chicago called Life After Hate that exists to shepherd white supremacists out of hate groups.  This is a good thing – obviously.  The stories of people who have left this world are both terrifying and inspiring.

At a gathering of people interested in hearing about the 2022 National White Privilege Conference a couple weeks ago, someone asked about inviting former white supremacists to speak at the conference.  Dr. Eddie Moore, the Founder of WPC, stated that he hadn’t considered this for a couple of reasons.  He is trying to avoid potential drama for one thing.  The Klan has shown up at previous conferences to protest.  And he doesn’t want current or former klansmen to take the attention away from a conference that works to educate people about white privilege and white supremacy – especially in its more subtle forms.

It occurs to me – as well – that inviting “former white supremacists” to an event like this perpetuates the stereotype that white supremacists (or former members of such groups) look like the guy pictured above: racist tattoos, muscular, bearded.

Actually the most prevalent white supremacists in the United States look like the other person pictured. She seems like a nice lady.  She might even be a church lady.  And she has very little idea about how she perpetuates white supremacy in her church, her neighborhood, and her world, but she’s trying to do the work.  Still, she doesn’t realize all the times she expects things to work out for her because they always have.  She doesn’t pick up on the ways the world sees her as more trustworthy than a person who is similar to her except for skin color.  She doesn’t realize the subtle ways she keeps white supremacy alive herself.

This is what white supremacy looks like.  It looks like me and those who look like me. We have a lot of work to do.

Top image source.  The bottom photo is a picture of this blog’s author.