The events last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, came as a shock to white Americans. "How can white supremacy still be a thing?" we ask ourselves, while our black siblings wonder how we ever thought it wasn't.
And it's important to call white supremacy out for what it is: evil. It's important to call it out as absolutely antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
It looks like standing up to the perpetrators of racist, sexist, xenophobic, and homophobic violence against certain populations in our own country and saying, “It doesn't matter what our political ideologies are—this must end, and it must end now.”
I couldn't sleep the night after. I rarely cry, and I didn't that night, but I felt like I wanted to. When I woke up the following morning, my fears had found form.
We need to listen to the stories of non-white people in our own church when they tell us that our church is not a welcoming place for anyone who isn't of German or Scandinavian descent. We need to listen to the stories of non-white people when they tell us that they experience sanctioned and consistent discrimination and prejudice leveled against them, discrimination that we ourselves are blind to. We need to listen to their frustration and their pain for what it is—hurt and pain.