you don’t want it for you

“Until a white majority feels so deeply in our soul that the pain of black and brown people is our own pain, it will continue to be dangerous to be black or brown in America.” 

~ Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.

A white woman and race educator, Jane Elliot says to an auditorium full of people, “I want every white person in this room who would be happy to be treated as this society, in general treats our citizens — our black citizens — if you, as a white person would be happy to receive the same treatment that our black citizens do in this society, please stand.” 

Unsurprisingly, no one moves. She pauses. “You didn’t understand the directions. If you white folks want to be treated the way blacks are, in this society, stand.” More marked silence and lack of movement. She continues, “Nobody’s standing here. That says very plainly that you know what’s happening. You know you don’t want it for you. I want to know why you’re so willing to accept or allow it to happen for others.”

~Kimberly Janise Talley

I am frustrated, ashamed and heartbroken over what is happening across our country.

I dare say, it is time to stop postponing justice in America. ~EM

Lord, have mercy

The Rev. Ellen Meissgeier