A Time For Burning

That’s the title of Barbara Connell and Bill Jersey’s 1966 documentary about a pastor’s attempt to integrate a white congregation with a black church.

Click here to watch it.

The rebellion happening now in the United States and around the world deserves our focused attention. It also requires a burning of what white people like me have learned. I need to confront the reality of my privilege and question what I’ve been taught. I need to decentre that which benefits me and oppresses others. I need to get uncomfortable with new, better understandings of how the world works. I need to learn more about the uprising that isn’t just happening now but has been happening for centuries.

I implore all white people to educate yourselves. Do not ask your black friends to teach you. Don’t burden them with your emotions. Google. Read.

Here are some suggestions:

Policing Black Lives by Robyn Maynard
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Renni Eddo-Lodge

And here are two organizations I donated to today. If you are able I encourage you to do the same:

Campaign Zero
Black Visions Collective

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