As we've been processing all that’s happened recently with the murders of Ahmaud Arbery Breonna Taylor and George Floyd among the many other victims of racism we all have felt a lot of emotions, from anger, sadness, fear, confusion. We all have lacked the words to formulate what is stirring internally in a productive way. We have prayed. We have mourned and will continue doing so. But YCP has also decided to reflect, discuss, make a plan for action with some brothers who continue running toward biblical justice. What has spoken to some of us here at YCP has been words from those who have gone before us, especially MLK and John Perkins. Their words echo the hurts of today from decades ago, which begs the question what has really changed? To our white brothers and sisters, listen, empathize and engage. To our black brothers and sisters, do not despair, do not be silent, do not lose hope. About the largely peaceful protests and in some places riots: “ It is not enough to condemn riots... without at the same time condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society... A riot is the language of the unheard. And what has America failed to hear?... it has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity” What now? “The question is whether America is prepared to do something affirmatively and forthrightly about the great problem Which can bring the curtain up to down on American civilization if it is not solved” 1. Everybody needs to recognize and acknowledge that America is not “post-racism”. 2. Time will not solve the problem of racial injustice... “time is neutral, it can be used constructively or destructively” 3. The forces of ill will, the white supremacists, those who would divide us and continue constructing systems of oppression are using time much more effectively. 4. We need to repent (MYSELF INCLUDED), not just the vitriol and hate speech and bigotry, but also the APPALLING SILENCE and indifference of the good people waiting on time to heal wounds. John Perkins said: “one of the greatest tragedies of the civil rights movement was that some evangelical leaders saw following Jesus or striving for civil rights as an either or proposition” If you as a Christian stay silent and docile, you are not following in the way of Jesus. Use whatever platform you have to make known the plight of continued racial inequality and its effects on your black brothers and sisters. (MLK) “Human progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability, but through tireless efforts and persistent work of men and women who are co-workers with God” 5. Legislation is not the whole solution, but it is essential. Protest, petition, vote locally and support initiatives that build up black lives and predominantly black communities. “The law cannot change the heart, but it can restrain the heartless” Finally... the destinies of white & black America are tied together. We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters in this country or perish as fools... These are words from MLK’s speech “The Other America” in 1968... they are sadly still extremely relevant today. https://www.gphistorical.org/mlk/mlkspeech/mlk-gp-speech.pdf Ultimately, posts don't change anything, it’s what happens after that counts. So, we are calling on our brothers and sisters in Christ to call YCP to account. Feel free to add other practical resources/ways of moving toward racial justice and racial reconciliation from the heart of God, for our nation! We love you all and God bless you all!