Processing white supremacy in America

“For five minutes we watched as a white officer pressed his knee into the neck of a black man who was helpless,” the mayor said. “For five whole minutes. This was not a matter of a split-second poor decision.” Jacob Frey.

I was hesitant to write about Ahmaud Arbery. There’s enough sadness in the world today. Ahmaud was shy of his 26th birthday when he stepped out into the sun and ran 5,000 steps for the final time upon this earth.

Then a friend in Pomona, California reminded me, after the George Floyd  murder in Minneapolis, WE must speak out against injustice like this. “There was no need to crush a man’s throat with your knee when he’s already on the ground handcuffed.”

I’m a disciple of Jesus. I’m called to speak up for the oppressed, marginalized and vulnerable in our society.

Four Minneapolis police officers were fired Tuesday, authorities said, amid protests and outrage after a viral video showed one of them kneeling on the neck of George Floyd who was handcuffed. Floyd cried out that he could not breathe and later died. I have friends in Minneapolis who live right in the neighbourhood where it happened.

I was struck by Pastor Moss’ “The Cross and the Lynching Tree: a Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery” in which he explores historical patterns in US history from a black perspective. Some pertinent questions arise;

Is the cross an ancient symbol of lynching? 

How do we develop a moral economy?

Are we hypnotized by an Americanized form of Capitalism that masquerades as Christianity?

 

Published by Jeanette Dean

I'm a life long learner. I've been on a voyage of discovery since childhood so ask why a lot. I'm Irish and a bit American. I write because its freeing and healing. I love photography, theology, the natural beauty of Ireland and swimming in the sea year round. I see the world through the lens of Celtic Christianity but can try on other perspectives. The business of everyday spirituality has always fascinated me. I hope this blog challenges, inspires and encourages you. Perhaps you'd like to work with me. Please reach out to me if that's the case. I'd love to hear from YOU so please comment and let me know you are out there!

7 thoughts on “Processing white supremacy in America

  1. Thank you for speaking out and and tell us the ‘why’ of your decision to write about this tragic incident It resonates, and reminds us that we all need to do the same in pursuit of justice – before, during and after. If someone had spoken out more loudly during those minutes when the policeman was kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, perhaps he would still be alive. Thank you for posting the link to Rev Moss movie. Much appreciated.

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  2. Excellent post Jeannette, I listened to Theo Wilson on a webinar from the George Mitchell Instititute in Queens University on Monday. He is a black actor, commentator, author and activist who speaks about bot only the trauma of black people from the days of lynching and slavery but the unrecognised trauma of white people from those experiences. I willisten to that pastor later, Hope you are still enjoying the good weather and experiencing some benefit from your foot therapy.Best Wishes, Nadette

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    1. Yes Nadette there is so much unresolved and unrecognised trauma. Its wonderful when we help each other resolve it regardless of skin colour, religion, socio-economics etc. You are doing wonderful work in that sphere too.

      Thanks for sharing !

      I had another round of podiatric manipulation this am !

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  3. Very powerful moving blog Jeanette. Every person regardless of colour, creed, position in society should be treated by everyone with dignity and respect. Where we are born our colour and position in life is all too often an accident of birth. There should be no place for violence and looking down on others in this world. Unfortunately greed and power is what has the world the way it is. Of course we can’t generalise because there are some very good people in the world that help the weaker. If you look across the globe their are people being abused and treated badly for many different reasons. Capitalism does not stimulate economic growth for the betterment of all, socialism Karl Marx ideology believes we should all be treated equally which is morally and ethically correct (note socialism is not the same as communism – Karl Marc never said anything about stifling free speech and expression, but problem there needs to be an incentive to stimulate growth and make everyone feel equally important to their society. We need to see Keynesiam economics back in play where Governments intervene in economic and social policy much greater to create a fair and balanced society for all with redistribution of wealth but yet realistic incentives for economic/social achievements by individuals. We are a far cry from Star Ship Enterprise days of Utopia.

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