In a short essay published on May 31, 2020, Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch wrote that the recent killing in Minnesota of George Floyd has forced the country to "confront the reality that, despite gains made in the past 50 years, we are still a nation riven by inequality and racial division."
Freedom is an intrinsic spiritual value that is deeply rooted in the DNA of our country. It is a value we celebrate nationally. For weeks preceding Independence Day, our flag covers items in stores as families look forward to gathering for food and fireworks.
But, have you considered how July 4th alone does not encompass the ways that freedom has been found in America’s history? I implore the American church and would venture to say that it is imperative in our diverse nation that we recognize how our brothers and sisters have obtained their freedom.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free! While over forty states recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday, many think it should be a national holiday. Read more about why we should consider this.
Lynching profoundly impacted race relations in this country and shaped the geographic, political, social, and economic conditions of African Americans in ways that are still evident today. Terror lynchings fueled the mass migration of millions of black people from the South into urban ghettos in the North and West throughout the first half of the twentieth century.
The COVID-19 Racial Equity & Social Justice list includes information that the Racial Equity Tools organization hopes will help communities and activists as they work to understand and respond to the moment and for the long haul. Their COVID-19 Resources are arranged in categories to help you sift through the material.
They were raised to be "colorblind" — but now more white parents are learning to talk about race. Many of us were raised to be "colorblind," but now we're learning that there are some problems with that concept. This article has some simple and practical examples of how to talk to our kids about race in normal, everyday situations. There are also links to some great resources for parents within the article.