Public Witness

Quakers have a long history of public peace vigils.  I’m not sure what effects these might have.

But too often silence is taken as complicity in the issue at hand.  Too often the mainstream media doesn’t report on all the viewpoints surrounding a given issue (or even report on the issue at all).

Martin Luther King said, “There comes a time when silence is betrayal. The truth must be told.”

On the other hand, there are many instances such as when I was walking through the Central Library holding a War is Not the Answer sign on the way to the weekly peace vigil opposite the Federal building in downtown Indianapolis, and a librarian beckoned me over to tell me she appreciates seeing us there every week.

With the issue of Black Lives Matter, there is the additional aspect of a white person holding such a sign.  Who else is the Black Lives Matter message directed at?  Here especially silence on the part of white people is taken as complicity with all of the CURRENT conditions of unjust treatment of people of color.  “There is a white guy holding a Black Lives Matter sign” was overheard from a person of color.  Black people wave, give a thumbs up, take photographs.

I think it is important for people who consider themselves white to show public support for Black Lives Matter.

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