[those of you familiar with Quaker practice know what I mean by query. for those of you with less Quaker experience, queries are questions that members are asked to consider during their silent worship period. if they are being used during a monthly meeting, they are typically concerning subjects that will be coming before the meeting]
Now that we are about 3 weeks away from the start of General Assembly, I thought I would pose some queries that are related to my activities during GA.
So query #1……
Would #BlackLivesMatter to Unitarian Universalists without the protests?
(don’t give me your knee-jerk reaction to the question, really think about it)
Here’s why I ask…
Before the “county brown” [St. Louis County police] decided to mess with reporters here in Ferguson, most Unitarian Universalists had virtually ignored the extrajudicial killings of African Americans by those in law enforcement and the treatment of communities of color by law enforcement in general. One doesn’t have to look at too many of these cases to see the almost universal silence from our end of the liberal religion spectrum.
Having been around Unitarian Universalism for more than a few days, I’ve seen and heard UU talk about issues of law enforcement/criminal justice and race that would make Calvin feel proud.
Then Ferguson happens. (and NYC and Cleveland and Baltimore and N. Charleston and…)