In moments of confrontation, of fear, of racism – Jesus offers us a new script.
In it white folks and black folks – but especially white folks – recover our sight to the ugliness of racism that has enabled us to snatch power and control for centuries.
In it young black men like Trayvon and Michael are released from the script that says they are thugs destined to captivity in jail or an early death on an urban street.
In Jesus’ script Trayvon and Michael see themselves – not in the hopelessness of those left behind but in the hope of a Savior who came to set them free, again.
None of lives without a script, of course. Which is why it matters so much which story we’re living.”
This narrative – this American story – does not kill white people. It doesn’t even hurt white people.
This narrative keeps things the way they are, where despite very obvious and visible examples to the contrary, the corner on power in this country is still overwhelmingly grasped by white men.
The narrative, underlying and insidious as it is, protects white people from our racist hearts; says “just another gangbanger, what a shame.”
The narrative kills young black men, over and over again.”
Nor do I dispute that there is sometimes no alternative but to fight. But addicted to the perceptual and conceptual lens of good versus evil, we apply the methods of a fight out of habit. It is that habit, and the lens that motivates it, that I am criticizing.
In a more and more obviously interconnected age, the habit of war is becoming harder to sustain.”