Reconciliation Replay (7/19/2013) - the Listening Well edition

this week, we're listening to people of color who have responded to the Zimmerman verdict

LISTEN WELL to a Korean pastor’s take on the response to the Zimmerman verdict: “If our black brothers and sisters are hurting, why can’t we at least listen, seek to understand and mourn with them?” by Eugene Cho

“Can we just take some time to hurt and mourn with many of our Black brothers and sisters? Can we take some time to hurt with many Black churches and communities? With our black friends, co-workers, and neighbors, can we commiserate with them – however limited we may be in that commiseration?...Read more

LISTEN WELL to a black law professor’s take on the Zimmerman verdict: “In the aftermath of Zimmerman’s acquittal, racial justice remains elusive” by Nekima Levy-Pounds

“As history has shown us in relation to laws legalizing slavery and racial segregation in this country, simply because a law has been enacted by a state legislature or the federal government does not automatically ensure that it is fair and just on its face or will be fair and just in its application…Read more.”

LISTEN WELL to a black Mennonite pastor’s take on the Zimmerman verdict: “Pain Medicine: Trayvon, Simon of Cyrene, and Jesus” by Drew Hart

“When I finally heard the verdict, I found myself deeply confused with my own response. There I was, the one trying to not get emotionally set up for devastation, and I broke down and cried. Simultaneously, an anger burned deep down to my soul. All I could do was look at my two beautiful sons and consider what type of world they would grow up in… Read more

LISTEN WELL to a black woman’s response to the Zimmerman verdict: “You cannot love me and not love black men and boys: We are inextricably linked” by the AYG List

“What I know for sure is that it is impossible for you to love me-- my faith, my passion, my intellect, my body of work, my accomplishments, my skin, my joy, my laugh, my tenacity, my grit, my funk-- and not love Black men and boys.  All of them.  No matter how articulate or inelegant they may be, no matter how successful or wayward they may be, no matter how polished or thugged out they may be, no matter how kindhearted or belligerent they may be.  To love me, you must love them: every single one of them.  Even the ones who disappoint you, even the ones who scare you, even the ones who piss you off.  YOU CANNOT VALUE MY LIFE AND NOT VALUE THE LIVES OF BLACK MEN AND BOYS AS WELL.  WE ARE INEXTRICABLY LINKED…Read more

LISTEN WELL to a compilation of diverse voices: “A voice is heard in Ramah” by Suzannah Paul

“All the black people who are surprised right now, please raise your hand. Even indignation is a white privilege…Read more