Before reflection on today’s Pandemic Photo O’ Day, an update on the story/photo I featured yesterday.
We have dueling perspectives and a dispute which may still have to be adjudicated:
I’ll keep you informed as this develops b/c if my fair city can/will/does take down this statue of our “name sake” then something major is afoot!
1940 – After NAACP members try to register to vote in Brownsville, TN, a mob of white men retaliates by abducting and lynching local NAACP secretary, Elbert Williams.June 20
One more item before I talk about the Photo O’ Day. It’s this graph which speaks for itself about where we are as a nation compared to our “peers” in the world:
Today’s Photo O’ was on Friday’s Bing.com “Wallpaper of the Day” site. According to Bing:
To celebrate Juneteenth, a local theater company released this powerful reading/dramatization of MLK’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” Even if you’re familiar with this epistle which Reverend King wrote to his fellow clergy people, I encourage you to take 25 minutes this weekend to watch this video:
It has been a long time since I’ve read or heard this prophetic text. There was much that I was struck by today which feels relevant to our moment and to my discernment as to how to work for racial justice.
This part in particular struck (and indicted) me:
I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate,
Who is more devoted to “order” than to justice;
Who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice;
Who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”;
Who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom;
Who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.”
Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.
Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.https://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html