A couple days ago the US-2s spent a whole day separated from the Mission Interns. They got vaccines and other work done and we learned about health care and systems of oppression and injustice. The injustice piece was really powerful. We discussed wage theft and workers rights, immigration and concerns surrounding that, and the American criminal justice system and it's oppression of the poor and the minorities in the country. We watched a video of Michelle Alexander talking about her book "The New Jim Crow" which took place at Riverside Church in New York City. Riverside Church happens to be right next to our office and it's a historic place for civil and human rights. I invite all to watch the video on youtube by clicking this link.
I cannot begin to unpack what all is covered in that video and what it means for us as missionaries and citizens of the United States. Today's post is short but I hope the video can provide you with the opportunity to discuss things with those around you. Also, I invite comments on this blog so that a conversation could be had with others as well.
This is a sensitive issue and calm conversation with open minds will be key to understanding what others think and feel.