Regarding Racial Unrest!
Many are advocating what I believe to be SHORT TERM fixes to a centuries old problem. It's being suggested that those of us in the black community use our economic strength to impact our society by waging a "Blackout"; spending no money on the 7th.
The problem, as I see it, is if we don't spend it on the 7th, we'll turn around and spend it on the 8th. Plus, the major expenses like mortgage, rent, utilities, car notes, insurance, etc. will not be impacted.
What we need is a comprehensive strategic plan, involving dependence upon God, the power of prayer, and ongoing, engagement in very practical action steps. There's no one simplistic answer to the centuries old, sinful problem of racism; where some people think they’re better than others.
We need people of different persuasions, but with a mind to come and sit together because of the magnitude of the problem. This could lead to real change.
When a country engages in war; in a fight for freedom, various approaches are taken. Potentially, the fight occurs on land, sea and air. Therefore, different aspects of the armed forces are utilized.
In sports, members of the blue team would be in conflict with members of the red team; but needed to come together and realize they were members of the same team, pursuing the same joint dream for victory.
In a like manner, this fight for racial equality and justice, needs a multifaceted approach. A comprehensive plan that confronts the problem from more than one perspective; the spiritual, emotional, practical/pragmatic.
Those of us who have this dream to win the battle for justice and equality, need to stop fighting each other and come together to fight the problem. Unity around God’s principles is an environment He has promised to bless.
There are spiritual, emotional, practical/pragmatic problems, with different concerns, requiring different approaches. Yet, the dream for each of us, is to win this battle and come up with some LONG TERM fixes!
I share these thoughts to the Glory of God, in the Name of Jesus and to the good of God’s people.
Cecil T. Washington Jr. (07/01/2020)
What are our processes for gathering feedback related to race and equity in our districts? What are we relying upon for valid, first-hand experiences? Maya Angelou said, "When we know better, we must do better" but how can we know better if we don't ask those most impacted by our practices, procedures, and policies?
Is the recording of the webinar going to be available?
How should we define freedom? And is it essential for a culture of racial equity?
Is good character or virtue an essential aspect of the quest for racial equity?
If personal freedom & personal virtue are foundational to seeing and treating others as equals, what are they based upon?
Share your thoughts as we prepare for the July 7th Kansas Equity Series panel discussion.
1420 SW Arrowhead Rd., Suite 100, Topeka, KS 66604