Learning to Listen in the Face of Injustice

Normally, I talk about art. Today I want to talk about racial justice. I’m learning to listen and face the hard truths about our country.

Abstract landscape painting: "PilotĀ of the Storm Who Leaves No Trace," 2015. Acrylic on canvas.

Recently, we’ve seen Black lives taken unfairly and publicly, thanks to social media and the resulting protests. We’ve learned the names of people whose lives ended far too soon: Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmad Abery, and countless more. The sad thing is that this sort of thing has been going on for centuries, but it has taken the always-on social world media to make it painfully obvious.

Like many other white people, I have silenced my own social media and blog content in order to take a step back and let Black voices take the stage. And learn how to listen.

Learning how to listen takes some work.

It’s still shocking to read, listen, and learn about what has been swept under the rug for years. But know that I’m looking for ways to support the Black community. I may even ask for your help from time to time, and I hope you will happily join in.

I keep being reminded of this passage from the Old Testament:

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Micah 6:8 (NIV)

I’ll be back with more art content next week. Thanks for being a friend.