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The world is coming together in a powerful way to protest the unjust and unjustifiable deaths of black men and women like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbury, Tony McDade, Sean Reed, and too many other black lives lost.

I stand with #BlackLivesMatter.

While these times can seem overwhelming, leaving us unsure of what to do or how to help, as white people we must hear our black brothers and sisters when they say they are exhausted; they must feel this overwhelmed every day. Part of our white privilege has been the ability to go about our daily lives and put the full range of daily assaults against black people out of our minds.

That has to stop.

I am taking time to honor the black lives lost, to pray for the grieving families, and to deeply reflect on how my own privilege means that my experience as a white person can never truly inform my actions in this arena, no matter how well-intentioned. 

I must slow everything down and make it a priority to educate myself at a deeper level, take time to listen to black voices, and take action in informed and effective ways.

I invite you to join with me in this challenging time in doing the hard work of truly listening to our black brothers and sisters, and then act to bring greater understanding, peace, and unity in our relationships, communities, and in our nation.

Here are some resources that can help, as a start:

Article: 75 Things White People can do for Racial Justice in America, by Corinne Shutak

Emmanuel Acho’s video, Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, provides a safe space to explore some of the common questions about race in America.

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