Monthly Racism Faith Witness Update
Welcome to our fourth newsletter exploring various aspects of racism and ways we might combat it. This month, we take on a phenomenon which can be quite challenging because the experience of each person observing or experiencing an event can range widely depending on their life experience. Once again it involves behavior which may be conscious or unconscious.
This is our most challenging subject to-date. What follows is a discussion of four widely publicized confrontations that illustrate interactions between Black men (or youths) and White women. In each case the woman exhibits some form of power or influence in the situation, and there is a presumption of guilt of the Black male. While these are extreme examples, they present an opportunity to consider if and how we might contribute to these patterns in a more subtle way.