Time for naming the obvious

Again this week, black lives were taken at the hands of white police officers.  We don’t yet know all the UPDATED rich podiumparticulars of these incidents, but people who claim to follow Jesus – the one who announced his ministry by insisting it was for “the poor, the captives, the blind, the oppressed,” that is, the “unprivileged” of every sort – MUST speak out at these times.


This is not a time for parsing particularities of fault and blame – this is a time for naming the obvious – it is DANGEROUS to be black in America.  And if white people don’t start owning up to this reality and start naming it out loud, how will it ever change?


My friend and colleague Kent Siladi, Conference Minister for the UCC in Connecticut gave expression to his anger and exhaustion at our current state of affairs in the article below.  I hope you will read it and then find ways to add your voice to those who can no longer abide the current state of affairs. 

Link to article:  I¹m tired


Rich Pleva

Conference Minister

UCC in Iowa

One Response to Time for naming the obvious

  1. Barbara Chambers says:

    Thank you for sharing this and for sharing the link. I will be less reticent about speaking out, especially to those who don’t seem to want to hear it.

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