Further Reflections on #BlackLivesMatter

One of the challenges of the ongoing conversation about racial justice in the United States is that the forums in which we discuss it and learn about it are largely social-media based. This means that there are lots of reactive responses, lots of memes and soundbytes, and not a lot of actual learning or discussion. I find that the complexity of the discussion often ends up pitting people against each other based on their personal loyalties, when, in fact, we are all called to work together to create a system that works equitably for all people.

This article helped me to clarify some of the questions I had, and to refocus my personal commitment to the movement.

http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/11/blacklivesmatter-really-about/

In addition, Asheville has a SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) chapter that meets weekly for conversation and discussion. SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. https://www.facebook.com/ShowingUpForRacialJusticesurj/?fref=ts FMI on local meetings, contact Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper/828-254-6001 x202.

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