Racial Injustice: What can we do?
What do the words «racial injustice» say to you?
Racial epithets? Racist slurs? Treating a person of color differently than a white person?
Does «racial injustice» bring to mind the hundreds of people of color killed by police? Or the poverty in African-American families in Louisville, whose income in Louisville is half that of whites?
Is it «racial injustice» that 25 percent of the working-age black men in West Louisville are unemployed?
Is it «racial injustice» that one-fourth of blacks in West Louisville have been incarcerated?
«Black lives matter,» say young black activists. But do they? Do black lives really matter to white people in predominantly white churches?
What can a predominantly white church like ours do about racial injustice? What can we find to direct us in the Gospels and in the Torah that shaped Jesus? What do you think Jesus, who brought good news to the poor and stood with the oppressed, would tell us to do about racial injustice in 2017?
We’ve been discussing this very serious topic for some time in New Connections, Faith and Life and Early Bird Theologians at St. Matthew’s; now we’d like to take it on in Pub Theology on Tuesday, November 14, from 6:30-8 p.m., at Corner Cafe Louisville, 9307 La Grange Road.
All are welcome, and you don’t need to go to St. Matthew’s Episcopal, or any Episcopal church, or any church. If you'd like to join this conversation, you are welcome at this table. To let us know you're coming, simply “join” this event!