People keep asking the same question:

Facebook post from 8/30/2020 – In response to a few of the comments my FB post from 8/29/2020, I wrote the following:

What can we do about this?

Where to start?

1. Listen. (Read. Research.) You can’t fix what you don’t know is broken. Listen to the Black voices already speaking on this. They’re out there. Hundreds of them. Don’t like one? Listen to a different one. The vast majority are saying the same thing. I wrote a 21-part series giving a basic explanation of many facets of this conversation along with links to the authorities speaking on those topics. You can’t know what “defund the police” means if you just listen to what a one-sided news organization says it means. (Hint… there’s no one, single definition. FIND OUT WHAT IT MEANS IN YOUR STATE! There are some really good suggestions built into many of the states’ plans that our officers will profoundly appreciate. Hint #2… it doesn’t mean “pay the officers less” nor does it mean, “get rid of all police officers.” If you post memes that indicate that this is your understanding of “defund the police” you are showing that you haven’t listened or read.

2. Join an organization that is already doing this work. I keep mentioning the two that I am most closely associated with: Be the Bridge has personal, intimate, multi-ethnic, in-church or in-home groups that center on this topic. I believe this is where real change starts. The And Campaign is a fantastic alternative to BLM as it stands for Biblical values AND (see that? AND) Social Justice. Wanting my Black friends (and daughter!!) to be safe during traffic stops and to experience fairness in hiring practices does NOT in any way contradict with Biblical Values.

I don’t know what else to say to people who want to know what to do… I’m not smart enough to solve the problems but I can link arms with organizations that are already doing the work.

I don’t need to solve the problems.
I don’t need to reinvent the wheel.
I just need to LISTEN, LEARN, and my actions will be vastly impacted by what I’ve heard and learned.

My kids will be different than they would have been had I not listened and learned.
Their kids will be different than they would have been and I not listened and learned.

My actions aren’t always public… my conversations with my Black friends are never public. They are intimate but they have moved me to action in my own life (humbled me, grown me…) and that is part of my action; part of how I plan to help my amazing nation grow from where we are to where we want to be. {To where many white people want to think we already are.}

Here’s the first post in the series I wrote back in June – in response to George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor… we have more names to add to the list now.

With this series I hoped to educate people who were honestly trying to learn. I have no intentions of sounding like I’m the authority on any of this… but what I’ve learned I can’t keep to myself. (That’s another way I, personally, can get involved… my “action”. I can write on my own blog and educate those who want to learn all the while pointing to the real authorities, those creating content directed at teaching me.)

As before… keep it civil or I’ll delete comments. This is my FB page (blog) and I’ll curate it the way I see fit.

About Jennifer

"Yes, they're all mine." The answer to the question I hear most often.
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1 Response to People keep asking the same question:

  1. Maria Currey says:

    Thank you for speaking the truth with clarity, conviction, and bold courage, Jennifer. You are making an essential difference!

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