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Aug. 10, 2020 Series on Racism, Part 10
Litany of Committment
Spirit of God, may we have the grace
To examine our own prejudices and privilege and to work to lesson and end them. To speak up when racism goes unchecked, unacknowledged, unrecognized. To stand up when an individual or group is violated by violence and abuse of power. To go into boardrooms and courtrooms, police stations and council meetings, institutions and churches until all people are free. To promote understanding, inclusion, and mutual respect and build community within and among all races, ethnicities and cultures. Amen. (Adapted. Prayer of Lament by Dr. Sharon R. Fennema)
“He prayed — it wasn’t my religion. He ate – it wasn’t what I ate. He spoke – it wasn’t my language. He dressed – it wasn’t what I wore. He took my hand – it wasn’t the color of mine. But when he laughed – it was How I laughed, and when he cried – it was how I cried.”
“In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness…A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. That time is now.” (Wangeri Maathai, Kenyan Political Activist)
“Racism, at its core, is a set of meanings and values that inform the American way of life. It is a way of understanding and interpreting skin color differences so that white Americans enjoy a privileged social status with access to advantages and benefits to the detriment, disadvantage, and burden to persons of color.” (Fr. Bryan N. Massingale, S.J.)