Nobody Deserves This!

This is urgent and it deserves your attention!

If you have people in your networks who still do not understand why people are in the streets protesting, THIS photo is why. And ask them if their preschoolers have ever had an automatic weapon aimed at them by police officers? Then ask them, how many years of therapy it would take to heal and repair their child's sense of safety, after they experienced this? Ask them to think about how powerless they would feel in this situation and how they would EVER repair their children’s sense that you could keep them safe? How would you explain to your children that you had absolutely NO POWER to protect them, even if they had done nothing to provoke this?


There is no situation that EVER justifies this! Yet, the frequency with which people of color have to deal with the constant FEAR OF THIS, even during so-called “routine traffic stops”, is why people are taking to the street! We have simply had enough! And if you agree, become an ally.


As protests continue, talk to your neighbors, friends, family and co-workers – especially the ones who are shaking their heads because they want to protect “law and order”. Show them this picture and ask the questions above. Use it to have an honest conversation about what is happening in our country today. It’s okay to stumble over your words or to feel a bit awkward because the words don’t quite come out in as coherent a fashion as you’d like but HAVE THE CONVERSATION.


Then, ask them to join you in being an ally – standing with people of conscience, all over this country, of all races and ethnicities, who are saying – enough is enough.


There is no formal job description for what being an ally looks like (although many helpful guides and resources on this topic exist), but here are some of the characteristics to help you if you are new to this journey:

  • Take this struggle as your own. You have a stake in this too!

  • Stand up, even when you feel scared. Not just with people of color but with people who you know are likely

  • Transfer the benefits of your privilege to those who lack it. This is whenever and wherever you find yourself.

  • Acknowledge that while you, too, feel pain, the conversation is not about your pain but it involves your actions!

And if they want a set of concrete things they can do in this ally role, start here:

  • ask them to contribute their time and energy (in whatever way they feel so led), to the cause of racial justice

  • ask them to join you in one of the many peaceful protests happening now

  • ask them to financially contribute to nonprofits who are working for racial justice

  • ask them to think about how the belief system that made this possible, can be challenged and dismantled

  • ask them to be open to learning more about what racial justice looks like and how it can be achieved by changing the unjust systems that were designed to produce unjust outcomes

  • and, if you are so inclined, ask to pray with them for racial justice!

This is urgent and it deserves your attention!



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