The Charleston massacre has left us disturbed, distressed and disheartened. These are not faceless victims but well accomplished individuals and productive citizens to their faith communities, socio-political communities, families, loved ones and externally. This is really a senseless lost.
Is God so secondary to racial particularities, privileges and prejudice that centuries of Bible reading, speaking in tongues, praying, going to Church, preaching Jesus Christ, conservatism, evangelicalism, mega Church cannot quell the flames and fury of racism and racial hatred in the United States? Is Christianity so racialized in America that it cannot transform the dangling cords of racism and its appeals in the heart of White America? These are questions Americans, White Americans, and the Body of Christ will have to confront in order to bring healing, trust, security to those economically and racially marginalized because of their race in America.
Racial marginalization in the United States has incurred consequential implications for millions of especially Blacks poignantly reflected in the United States penal system. The disadvantages and prevention from necessary social capital for transitions in life is still untold. Racism is real. It is hurting and destroying lives, destines and future aspirations. We cannot remain silent.
May Their Souls Rest in Perpetual Peace and May Their Families and Loved Ones be Consoled
The Center for Church and Prison, Inc