Quakers and Black Lives Matter

Friends, this is a pivotal moment.  Silence means supporting the status quo, which means supporting white privilege and racial injustice.  Black Lives Matter is a nonviolent movement seeking to correct these injustices.

We are all aware of Friends’ history of speaking out publicly to witness against injustice.  Many of us continue our weekly peace vigils, and display our “War is Not the Answer” signs.  Peace making now means speaking out for racial justice.

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Here is one graphic you can make a sign from.

Friends, our small and rural communities especially need to hear these messages.  These are the places that tend to stand in the way of progress.  This is the time to stir up uncomfortable conversations.  My black friends wonder why white people are not helping them.  We need to show visible signs of support.   We need to attend the Black Lives Matter rallies.  We need to put Black Lives Matter signs on our meetinghouse  and home lawns.

Dallas surgeon Brian Williams, who helped care for the police shot there, said “I understand the anger and the frustration and distrust of law enforcement. But they’re not the problem. The problem is the lack of open discussions about the impact of race relations in this country. . . . The killing, it has to stop.’’

Please move away from the sidelines and unite together — regardless of your faith or religious practice — to seek an end to hatred and violence . . . What happened to our family is part of a larger attack on Black and Brown bodies . . . We call on all people, public officials, faith leaders and Americans from all walks of life to help address the festering sores of racism as it spurs an unforgiving culture of violence.” -Rev. Waltrina Middleton, longtime organizer, whose cousin Rev. Depayne Middleton, was killed in the massacre at Emanuel AME Church.

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