This post came through my Facebook timeline this morning. I thought I would share. In my former life, my husband and I ran a church for almost 3 years. When Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were murdered back to back, I yelled as loud as I could into the either. I am not in a defined Christian ministry role now, but I am an activist. Make no mistake–just becaues you don’t see me, don’t mean I’m not working. -JBHarris
From the desk of Pastor Jennifer Phylon Harris, mother of 2, wife of Phillip Harris (Lead Pastor of Spirit Of Life Church-St. Louis), godmother to 4, with a dozens of adopted brothers and sisters in Christ:
I am granddaughter of slaves, sharecroppers, moonshiners and hybrid transplant from miry clay to the marvelous light. I was never taught to be ashamed to be Black.
We are at a point in this nation where silence is felonious. The murder of black people floods news feeds and cable news networks with the greed equivalent to hogs being slopped. The time to be quiet…IS OVER.
Please see the following:
If you defend the actions and silence of law enforcement, support the NRA, oppressive tactics, and the systematic destruction of Black and Brown people, unfriend and unfollow.
If you believe #alllivesmatter but have no desire to truly apply that to all people. Leave your humanity key. Unfriend and unfollow.
If you remain silent when these tragedies of loss of life surround you, unfriend and unfollow.
If you believe nothing is wrong, you are complicit. Unfriend and unfollow.
If you take issue with clergy being involved and outspoken during this time of unrest, revoltion and change, unfriend and unfollow.
If you still need to be explained what white privilege is, unfriend and unfollow.
If you believe that police don’t need tell on one another, and the officers that do speak up don’t need support, unfriend and unfollow.
“Our lives begin to end when we stop being silent about the things that matter.” -MLK
BLACK LIVES MATTER.
DISMANTLE WHITE SUPREMACY.
(“Ain’t nobody free, till we all free. -Fannie Lou Hammer)
LET THE CHURCH BE THE CHURCH. DO THE WHOLE WORK.
QUEER LIVES MATTER.
TRANS LIVES MATTER.
BLACK WOMEN MATTER.
BLACK DOLLARS MATTER.
“We can do this y’all. C’mon.”