August 15, 2014
The situation in Ferguson, Missouri is heartbreaking and maddening.
Ryan Herring, a black man who is the Marketing and Circulation Assistant for Sojourners, shares his lifetime of experience dealing with the police, as well as some grim statistics, in this Sojourners blog post.
“For the majority of black people, the police do not represent protection or safety, rather they are a menacing force that terrorize those they are supposed to serve. I have never felt safe in the presence of law enforcement. In fact, whenever police are in close proximity to me, I feel in danger. Whenever a cop drives behind me or beside me I feel anxious, not protected.”
White people must honestly answer the question, “Is the ignorance of my own racism keeping me from accepting this awful truth, keeping me from the outrage I could be expressing?”
posted by Marg Herder