In the midst of the tragic circumstances unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri, we believe it’s critically important that we listen intentionally to the voices of our brothers and sisters of color and allow their perspectives to influence our own.
Of course, there are many articles being written about what’s unfolding, and here are a few that we’ve found helpful over the last week—voices we’ve sought (and needed) to listen to.
- An interview with John Perkins (founder of the Christian Community Development Association)
- An article about the contextual factors that are in play in Ferguson
- An article exploring black rage in response to police brutality: (GRAPHIC)
- Five ways churches must respond
- An article written in response to the killing of Trayvon Martin, but still applicable today
- Some thoughts on responding as a white person
- A post on the need for Asian (and other non-black folks) to engage with these issues
- A sermon from Brenda Salter-McNeil on “Faith+Works=Life”
In addition, here’s some folks we’ve been following on Twitter to help ensure we are listening well to a diversity of voices:
- @druhart — Anabaptist scholar
- @cscleve — Social Psychologist
- @blackvoices — Huffington Post Black Voices
- @antoniofrench — Local Alderman in St. Louis
- @trymainelee — Journalist
We will love to keep updating these lists–who are you listening to that we could include?