Powerful essay from Jim Wallis on Time.com.
To my white brothers and sisters: you can’t continue to say you are not racist when you continue to accept and support systems that are.
Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
One of the things I’ve wondered, as I watch more and more black people leave newsrooms (getting pushed out because of racism, shoved to the side and then fired, being laid off, effectively marginalized or disrespected and then canned) is this: What do white male journalists think?
I single out white men because they
run ish overwhelmingly hold the majority of the key, decision-making roles in most newsrooms. Don’t believe me, check this out.
If I were in, say, a 5K and I took first place only to realize that a good number of runners weren’t allowed to register, my victory would feel hollow. How could I say I was number 1 when the game was rigged?
How does it feel to know that whatever success you have is based, at least in part, on racist systems that mean people of color don’t get to compete with you? Continue reading