Saturday June 6, 2020
Article by Yusef Miller
On Wednesday, June 3, I shared with you Bishop McElroy’s statement:
“Finding Grace Within Our Republic of Suffering.”
In his statement, he issued a challenge:
“Genuine healing for our nation can only be found in a radical effort to accompany the African-American Community in their weariness and rage and hope and despair that have formed and deformed upon the anvil of racism.”
Accepting that challenge, I invited us to silence our “Voices of White Privilege” and listen to the “Black Voices” that speak to us and share their reality.
On Thursday, June 4, I shared with you the article,
“Black in America: I am Tired,”
by Jesuit Fr. Joseph A. Brown S.J. Ph.D.
Fr. Brown is a professor in the Africana Studies Department at Southern Illinois University.
Yesterday, Friday, June 5, I shared with you an article,
“The Assumptions of White Privilege and What We Can Do About It,”
by Fr. Bryan Massingale, a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
Fr. Bryan has two degrees: S.T.L (The Catholic University of America); S.T.D. (Academia Alphonsianum – Rome); and many honorary doctorate degrees.
He is a professor of Theological and Social Ethics at Fordham University in New York.
The Commentary was written by Yusef Miller who is active in many civic organizations in the County of San Diego including “The Racial Justice Coalition San Diego” and “The San Diego Regional Interfaith Collaborative.” I am privileged to sit on this Board with him as a representative of the Diocese of San Diego.
Yusef is a friend of St. Thomas More Parish and is a frequent guest and speaker at our interreligious events and at San Diego Organizing Project (SDOP) events.
I am sure for some, maybe for many, these are difficult articles to read and reflect upon. But I urge you to do so…
We pray for healing from the pandemic and from systemic racism!