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March 21, 2012

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Drewgihart

Thanks for the post... I made similar observations and comments a couple of days ago, and likewise called out those who ought to be standing alongside the black community given their theological proclamations, and nonetheless have been silent. Keep writing, I plan to be checking this site out more in the future (first time here). Here's a link to the post I wrote on the same subject http://wp.me/psxVW-fL Peace!

Natalie

Thanks Drew. I read and shared your post on this issue and also look forward to checking out the rest of your blog.

Leigh Kramer

Natalie, thank you for bringing this to my attention. I have not noticed a similar color line in my Twitter or FB feeds. I heard about Trayvon's murder a few days after it happened and have retweeted or posted articles on the case since then. I also saw a fair number of my social media friends doing the same, although there's been increasing attention drawn to the matter this past week. However, I tend not to follow any evangelical bigwigs so their silence is disheartening, especially given how quickly people rallied around Kony 2012 without bothering to do due diligence. But beyond this, it's important to consider the evangelical divide in the Church at large. That's something I've become more aware of in recent years and yet I'm not certain what to do about it, other than continue speaking up.

Natalie

Leigh, I hope that the injustice of Trayvon's death will be a wake-up call for us white evangelicals. I agree with you that continuing to speak up is important, since silence ends up as complicity when it's all said and done, but equally as important is listening. A lot of white evangelicals-and white people in general-have their voices heard quite easily, and maybe we're drowning out the perspectives of people of color.

Lac

Trayvon's death was certainly an avoidable shame, but it is not clear to me that it was unjust. If reports of him assaulting Zimmerman are true, it may have been justifiable self defense.

What would you like to hear white evangelicals say about Trayvon, specifically?


To answer your questions:

Yes, I know people of many different skin colors.

No, I do not make an effort to read or listen to the perspectives of people simply on the basis of their skin color. Why not? Because skin color is not a strong indicator of value to me.

That said, I do periodically make an effort to read or listen to or engage people with different perspectives, regardless of their skin color.

Brianne P

I am glad you are saying something. I am glad to know others are, and although I don't keep up with issues via Twitter at all, or Facebook much, I try to keep up with matters of importance and have written a post on Trayvon Martin that I'd like to share with you, and I hope that is alright. http://thisismyoffering.blogspot.com/2012/05/trayvon-martin.html
Found your blog through So Much Shouting So Much Laughter, and am glad that I did.

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