This morning after reading an article a friend sent me, I had to go to my room to pray and cry. (Here is the link if you would like to read it.) I warn you that, in addition to having some profanity and an abundance of raw, honest exposition, it may cause the same reaction in you it did in me. I pray it does.
What I want to say to you today, whether you read the article above or not, is that we need to move past the "does racism exist in the hearts of people or in systems and institutions?" and on to the "how do we fix this?" discussion. I would think both those questions were dramatically answered at the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church less than one month ago. I personally am not sure I know hot to fix a mess that has taken hundreds of years to create and that the majority of the people around can't see or would prefer to believe doesn't exist. But do something, we must.
So I encourage you who are reading this- DO SOMETHING. "What?" you ask. More than you've done in the past. "What would that be?" you'd like to know. I already said, I'm not sure. But, if, as I suspect, you are part of the kingdom of God and pray regularly, "your kingdom come, your will be done", then I encourage you, no, I challenge you, perhaps, I even dare you, ASK!
Ask those who seem to be doing something or are affected by racism. Just asking this question, may be much more you have done before. But, please, don't ask if you are not actually going to do. Listen, learn, and act.
Ask God. I have to believe that if you are honest in your desire to do something, then he, who cares about these things more than any of us do, will lead and direct you. Perhaps this is what we need. More honest, soul searching, God-seeking, intercession-inspired action and less debate over what does and does not exist.