Excessive force puts white lives at risk, as well as those of blacks and Hispanics. But the silence of the white community and of the white church is deafening. We need people of conscience in the white community to join with the growing movement grounded in the African-American community to demand reform.
We do not live in a post-racial society. And we will never will until this country makes it a national priority to confront the racialized myths upon which this country was built. We must lead the way in facing the complex history of racism in America and the way in which it continues to be a deadly plague upon black bodies.
Walking among 2,000-year old sequoias in Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, I felt their powerful energy and gave thanks that these last remaining giants were protected by the Buffalo Soldiers from the effects of logging and ranching at the turn of the 20th century. What a loss their demise would have been!