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.
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.