Monday Musings for 6.8.20


Dear Friends,

I have three book recommendations today.  One I read a long time ago, one I read more recently, one I have yet to read.  All three help white people like me understand what it is like to live in this great country of ours for those whose skin color is not white.

To Kill a Mockingbird was written 60 years ago, as the civil rights movement was just underway.  In it a black man is falsely accused and convicted of raping a white woman.

Just Mercy was written in 2014.  The movie came out last year.  It is about poor people, mainly African Americans who have been falsely convicted.

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism is the one I have yet to read.  It was written in 2018.  After about the tenth person tells you that you need to read a particular book, it’s a pretty good hint that you need to read that particular book.  I will.  I am guessing that of the three, it will challenge me the most.

Did you know that a black male baby born today stands a 1 in 3 chance of ending up in jail?  Most I’m sure are guilty.  But it is also true that even today, the color of your skin is a factor in whether you are arrested and convicted.

I am sending a link to a video about a black man who was falsely convicted and spent 37 years in prison.  His name is Archie Williams.  Helen saw him on “America’s Got Talent.”  This is one you will not soon forget.

In Christ,