As the husband of a COVID testing site worker, I believe in the importance of social distancing. But as a follower of Jesus, I believe far more in the importance of working for social justice. So yesterday, we left our home and marched.
Like at other protests I’ve attended, this one had many chants:
“Black Lives ….. Matter!”
“No Justice ……. No Peace!”
“I Can’t ……. Breathe!”
But the one that undid me was:
“Say His Name ….. _________”
The reply was suppose to be “George Floyd!”, but how could I limit my answer to just one name? What about all the other names we dare not stop saying? Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, Michael Brown, … and the list goes on.
Lord have mercy.