My eyes fail from weeping, I am in torment within; my heart is poured out on the ground because my people are destroyed, because children and infants faint in the streets of the city.
Zachariah Walker, an African American steelworker, was burned alive by a mob of five thousand white people near Coatesville, Pennsylvania, on August 13, 1911. Walker was one of many thousands of African Americans lynched and one of hundreds of thousands, millions actually, terrorized by white people in the USA.
And on June 17, 2015 one white man, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, terrorized and then murdered nine African Americans in their church in South Carolina because he thinks white people are superior and that the USA needs to stay as white as possible.
The problems that have to be taken head on are the stupid construct of “whiteness” and the ludicrous lie of white supremacy.
We are all from some kind of ethnic background, but light-skinned people invented this thing called “white” so they could put it at the top of the system and climb into it and try to keep everyone else down.
Dylann Roof believed that terrible, lethal, destructive, absurd lie that has been perpetuated since before the founding of this nation and all along the way, and he believed it so much that he thought he had to protect whiteness and kill people whom whiteness had named as black.
This has to stop.
Excerpted from Let’s Call White Supremacy by Its Proper Name by Paul N. Alexander
At ESA, we believe that #BlackLivesMatter and that God’s image resides in each and every man, woman, and child. And we want to help raced-as-white Christians do a better job of loving, partnering with, and fighting for those who are systematically marginalized, oppressed, and killed because of the color of their skin.