As I mentioned last week for the next while, I’m planning on using Food for the Flock to reflect on materials that I am reading or listening to regarding racism. This is not a political forum, but a spiritual journey; how does God’s love change my relationships? It is about self-awareness and discovery. I invite you to join me.
Last week I invited you to watch Just Mercy. It can be watched for free during the month of June. I first saw the movie when it premiered in December. When I viewed it again, I saw different things. An aspect of the dominant culture played a role in each character: the Harvard educated lawyer saw his own privilege as he served clients in the Alabama prison system. One of his clients, Johnny D found himself at a disadvantage because of the maze of information established by the dominant culture. The witness Ralph found his testimony believed. The prosecuting attorney used the dominant cultural system of knowledge to obtain a desired conviction of Johnny D. There is much more to the movie, but that is a start. What did you discover?
This week I listened to a TED Talk. You may be familiar with this nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas in the form of short, powerful talks. I listened to the Danger of a Single Story. Here is the link so you can listen to it online: