Attention Franklin Graham— Institutional Racism is not “Simple”

March 20, 2015

On Thursday, March 12, Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham and president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief organization, wrote a short post and published it to his Facebook account.  The post was widely shared by his followers.  Here’s just a tidbit:

“Listen up–Blacks, Whites, Latinos, and everybody else. Most police shootings can be avoided. It comes down to respect for authority and obedience.”

With a shattering lack of understanding, compassion, and insight, he reduces institutional racism to a simple lack of obedience on the part of its victims.

Read the rest here.

Yesterday, March 19, Sojourners published a “Open Letter to Franklin Graham,” written by a collective of faith leaders including Lisa Sharon Harper, Rev. Leroy Barber, Gilliard, Dr. Brian Bantum, Micky ScottBey Jones, and Efrem Smith.  Please read the letter and add your name to the signers if it resonates with you.

Click here to read the letter.

Click here to add your signature to the letter.


Lē Isaac Weaver
Lē Weaver identifies as a non-binary writer, musician, and feminist spiritual seeker. Their work draws attention to: the ongoing trauma experienced by women and LGBTQIA people in this “Christian” society; Christ/Sophia’s desire that each of us move deeper into our own practice of non-violence; and the desperate need to move away from an androcentric conception of God.


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