06/05/2020 We say his name, George Floyd – By Pastor Katie

We say his name, George Floyd. George Floyd should be alive today, and he isn’t. 

Every week I get this platform to write, reflect and share my voice; this week we need something different. 

This week I want to use this platform to amplify the voices of leaders of color. Follow them, listen to their podcasts, watch their videos, and – For the Love of God – LISTEN to understand and LEARN from them.  




Lenny Duncan – ELCA Pastor, author of the book Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US. 

“Here is your food for thought. Looking at this chart, historically speaking this is the ‘best’ it’s ever been to be black in America. This week is as good as it gets on the long arc of history of white supremacy in this country for me or my community. Imagine if that was your world.”

Follow him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lennyaduncan/


Austin Channing Brown

“Power to the People” episode of her webseries TNQ (The Next Question), with Andre Henry. She says, “we go beyond 101 questions and dive into the meat of racial justice. These two episodes with Andre Henry are a good introduction to concepts like power, revolution, imagination, and what it means to be an agent of change.”



Joe Davis – writer, artist, resident of Minneapolis.  

Joe says, “I act and I speak and I write and I organize and I rest and I dream and I love because I want to tell me kids and grandkids I did everything within my power to make this world better for them.”    



Ibram X. Kendi – Professor, author and Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University.

Ibram writes, “”By not running from the books that pain us, we can allow them to transform us. I ran from antiracist books most of my life. But now I can’t stop running after them — scrutinizing myself and my society, and in the process changing both.”

Ibram X. Kendi joins Brené Brown on her podcast, Unlocking Us, “How to be an Antiracist.” 

Listen here: https://brenebrown.com/podcast/brene-with-ibram-x-kendi-on-how-to-be-an-antiracist/

Follow him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ibramxkendi/



Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II – pastor, political activist, board member for the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). 

Follow him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RevDrBarber/


LCMS Black Clergy Caucus Statement on George Floyd

“This is not ‘black radical thought’. This is the Lutheran Catechism from your time in Confirmation, when you affirmed your baptismal vows, marking you as one claimed by God – and not the world.”

Read it here: https://www.theunbrokencord.com/writings/black-clergy-caucus-statement-on-george-floyd?fbclid=IwAR2ZzB3yXlHQchBWz7RB6qMqp4F6k23Mv4c8J1ed7kXgQycqxyXv5youlvM


From Sojourner’s: For White Friends Wanting to Be Allies

Read here:  https://sojo.net/articles/our-white-friends-desiring-be-allies?fbclid=IwAR24QNNwisd6MMd1E5Q6Pk2HFHJ9Bb2im-hWFTFWCsGzGhtv4j-muyd0do8


TED Talks to Help You Understand Racism in America

The recent shift from “not being racist” to being “antiracist” is new to me. From my understanding, the reasoning behind the shift is that is it not enough to say “I’m not racist” and think that your work is done there. In all actuality, we all have implicit bias ingrained in us that we might not even be aware of. To be antiracist, from my understanding, is to actively and openly opposed to racism and racist systems. Dr. Ibram Kendi says there is either racist or antiracist, you can’t be neutral.

Twitter user Victoria Alexander created these graphics for Antiracism Literature. (A friend of mine shared this and I will be adding these books to my “to-read” book list.)

“Learning is hard. Unlearning is harder. Pretending that most of us don’t need to do either when it comes to racism is its own form of violence.” – Brené Brown

It is time to do the hard work of unlearning. 

I confess – this is by no means a definitive list – do you know someone I should include? Is there a book or podcast you’d recommend? 

Share it with us! 

What is being revealed right now is how unfair things are, and this system is centuries in the making. It is time for us to dig into the work in every aspect of our society to bring about equality and justice for all. No, we won’t change this in a generation, but together, we can make it better for our children and teach them to continue this hard work of transformation. 

Pastor Katie

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