Why should they experience brutality in the hands of the police?
Why should they experience injustice from the justice system?
Why experience inequality and racism in the classroom and in all work settings?
Why are they affected the most in the face of Covid-19 pandemic?
Is it by choice to be born black?
Yes, there were slaves
Yes, they continue to be oppressed
Yes, it has been happening for centuries
Alas they are growing in numbers and intellectually
Brutalities, injustices, inequalities and racism will not contain them
Black lives are part of the universe, they are not going anywhere
Black lives cannot remain in their station, who has a right to define their station?
Their empowerment cannot be stopped
Change is inevitable; it is happening and will continue happening
The kind support from their brown and white friends cannot go unnoticed.
Sympathy is not enough, help them bring about change with actions, talents and imaginations.
Black, brown or white we are all made in the image of God, Genesis 1:26-27. Let us live together peacefully and respectfully. May God teach us to love one another. To the black, brown and white lives, your mental wellbeing matters too. A break from news and social media can bring some reprieve.
Wonderful reflections from Rev Zaidi Orr and Rev David Jonathan can also help our mental wellbeing at this time of Black Lives Matter demonstrations and Covid-19 pandemic.
These are found on the URC website: https://urc.org.uk/search-article?articleid=1933
By Enala Bhebhe
Church and Society