Sometimes I wonder how we get so up in arms and culturally empathetic with people in other countries. But can’t do that in our own backyard. We rushed to Haiti. We Adopt in Asia. We empathize with Africa. But struggle to humanize our struggles here in the states. Some people are responding out of hurt and are met with smug responses. If I tell you my brother got killed in a gang war, would you tell me “That’s what he gets! Shouldn’t be gang banging!” Of course not.

As a Christian I see a Jesus empathize with the MOST undeserving people ever. He offers a thief on the cross a home in Paradise. He dies for a rioting mob of angry killers. He looks upon a sinful world with compassion. And here we stand saying we believe that and all the while unfazed at the pain of a community. Offering statements that don’t comfort but only add salt to a wound we refuse to see. It’s hurtful. I don’t want anything to do with that kind of “Churchianity”. When, “I lost respect for you!” is said toward my expression of pain, all I hear is “Get over it!”
If only it were that easy.

If you are disappointed in me. Well you clearly can’t understand my pain. This Ferguson case was a mascot for something much bigger. Something people want to hope for.

A dream. A dream that has been etched in our hearts for hundreds of years.

A dream yet unrealized.

If this is incoherent it’s cause it’s written by an imperfect hurting human being.

—  A facebook post by rapper Lecrae

anonymous asked:

hahaha how you like your precious bayern now?

I always love my precious Bayern, and I’m really liking how we’re doing so far this season. Thank you you for asking anon !

Here we have some standings:

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oh gosh, we’re on top, who would’ve guessed eh?

MIA SAN MIA

My heart overflows with gratitude with the beauty and solidarity here tonight. We stand with Mike Brown and his family. We stand with Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin, Emmett Till, Renisha McBride, John Crawford, the people of Gaza, Ayotzinapa and so many many countless others. This must end. The systems of oppression that perpetuate Jim Crow, racism, sexism, classism and brutal violence must be dismantled. Call your senators, your state representative and demand federal action! It is not enough to organize, you must act!

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor” – Desmond Tutu

#portland #pnw #portlandnw #indictdarrenwilson #justice4mikebrown #blacklivesmatter #solidarity #brownlivesmatter (at Multnomah County Justice Center)

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“There’s a carving on our gate. A woman in a bearskin, with a child in one arm suckling at her breast. In the other hand she holds a battleaxe. She’s no proper lady, that one, but I always loved her.”

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