Injustice makes God angry, it made Jesus angry, and as Christians it should certainly make us angry too.
Don’t rationalize it, defend it, apologize for it - speak truth to power and stand up for the oppressed. Our attitude should be informed by Scripture, especially the many (many) passages that address injustice and defending the oppressed against the powerful, NOT BY POLITICS.
Open your eyes, consider the history of our country for the last 400 years or so, and realize that the system today is still - not surprisingly - full of bias along racial lines. Blaming the recipients of that bias and oppression for their situation, and suggesting that they simply haven’t worked hard enough to get out of it, is insulting to their intelligence and to your own, and does nothing to solve the problem.
saying “well, he shoplifted, what did he expect?” (he didn’t; the piece of the video you saw on TV has been pretty carefully edited by the same people who have been beating and arresting reporters without charge, issuing death threats on camera and flat-out lying about events, which tells you how much credence you should give to the video they released) - this is very much akin to saying “well, she shouldn’t have been wearing that dress - *it’s her own fault*, what did she think was going to happen?”
remember: just because you personally aren’t the target of systematic bias, violence and oppression does not mean it doesn’t exist. asserting that if minorities just acted better or worked harder or pulled up their pants or learned to speak English better or [irrelevant cultural touchstone here] that the system would no longer be rigged against them is like saying that the answer to violence against women is the hijab.
"A lot of white people aren’t speaking out publicly against the killing of Michael Brown because they don’t see a space for themselves to engage meaningfully in the conversation so that they can move to action against racism. It’s not so much that they have nothing to say but rather they don’t see an opportunity being opened up for them to say something or to do something that matters. Or they might not be sure what to say or how to do it. They might have a hard time seeing a role for themselves in the fight against racism because they aren’t racist, they don’t feel that racism affects them or their loved ones personally, they worry that talking about race and differences between cultures might make things worse, or they think they rarely see overt racism at play in their everyday lives. And, sometimes, they are afraid. There’s a real fear of saying the wrong thing even if the intention is pure, of being alienated socially and economically from other white people for standing in solidarity with black people, or of putting one’s self in harm’s way, whether the harm be physical or psychological. I’m not saying those aren’t valid fears but I am challenging white people to consider carefully whether failing to speak out or act because of those fears is justified when white silence and inaction mean the oppression and death of black people."
— Becoming a White Ally to Black People in the Aftermath of the Michael Brown Murder | WHAT MATTERS
So, when the police are dressed like combat troops, it’s not a fashion faux pas, it’s a fundamental misunderstanding of who they are. Forget the armored vehicles with the gun turrets, forget the faceless, helmeted, anonymous Robocops, and just listen to how these “policemen” talk. Look at the video as they’re arresting the New York Times and Huffington Post reporters. Watch the St Louis County deputy ordering everyone to leave, and then adding: “This is not up for discussion.”
Really? You’re a constable. You may be carrying on like the military commander of an occupying army faced with a rabble of revolting natives, but in the end you’re a constable. And the fact that you and your colleagues in that McDonald’s are comfortable speaking to your fellow citizens like this is part of the problem. The most important of the "nine principles of good policing" (formulated by the first two commissioners of the Metropolitan Police in 1829 and thereafter issued to every officer joining the force) is a very simple one: The police are the public and the public are the police. Not in Ferguson. Long before the teargassing begins and the bullets start flying, the way these guys talk is the first indication of how the remorseless militarization has corroded the soul of American policing.
— Cigars, But Not Close :: SteynOnline
"Nearly two times a week in the United States, a white police officer killed a black person during a seven-year period ending in 2012, according to the most recent accounts of justifiable homicide reported to the FBI.
On average, there were 96 such incidents among at least 400 police killings each year that were reported to the FBI by local police. The numbers appear to show that the shooting of a black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., last Saturday was not an isolated event in American policing."
— Local police involved in 400 killings per year (via wilwheaton)
"Once we begin to celebrate what our body does rather than obsessing on how it looks, we start to appreciate our body as an instrument rather than an ornament."
— (via sixsecondshigh)
(Source: thefitnesschange, via spaghettiengineer)
"Being prepared is an [admirable] quality and don’t let anyone tell you differently. But it’s more than how much crap you have in your pockets. So start easy - take the baby steps. Put a first aid kit in your car, an extra twenty behind your mom’s photo, and a roll of duct tape in your camping supplies. Now, go take a CPR class, ask your EMT friend how to treat a half-severed finger or a cut vein or artery. Then practice it, remember it, and refresh your memory until it’s more than memory - it’s a reaction. They don’t call it muscle memory for nothing. Finally, here’s the hardest thing to do: push your comfort zone. Do things that make you nervous; whether it’s ordering at that fast-paced no-nonsense deli or navigating a new city by yourself. Build up your confidence. Then when you get into a jam - just stop, breathe, and remember, you’ve handled lots of other difficult things and you can handle this. That way the next time your car breaks down - you won’t."
— being prepared - ritter.vg