(Southern) Trees Bear Strange Fruit, Blood on the Leaves and Blood at the Root

There  was a literal lynch mob formed last week in Wilmington, North Carolina and nearly dragged out the young man who lived in the house that the mob went to. Lead by a sheriff’s deputy, no less.

Police in Louisville conducted a no-knock raid on the wrong house and killed the young Black woman who was sleeping. The state is now trying to charge her boyfriend with attempted murder because he drew his gun in self-defense.

And on Saturday night, a bullet-ridden bullseye was placed in front of the house of the head of the Nashville NAACP.

And I’m not going to get into the released video of the lynching of Ahmaud Arbery.

So here’s my question, white preacher friends…..

When are y’all gon’ get serious about preaching against the theology that’s behind these actions?

Don’t tell me that you preach about “beloved community” and how we need to build it. F— that.

Don’t tell me that you preach that racism is wrong/a sin. Well, guess what? Lots of things are wrong/a sin.

There was a lynch mob last week in a city that has a long history of racial violence.

But, of course, I can’t be sure any of you know about the Wilmington white riots of 1898. Honestly, I can’t be sure any of you know about ANY of the white riots or lynchings that have happened in the U.S. since the end of the Civil War. (ok, I’ll give you Emmett Till. Y’all probably know about him.)

So…on top of a pandemic that is disproportionately taking Black and Brown and Indigenous lives, we still have to deal with state and quasi-state actors inflicting terror in our communities. (and let’s not get into how social distancing policing is an extension of the terror)

Preachers…it’s time to do your job. There’s a theology behind all of this. You need to be preaching against it.

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