Coming In From the Rain

By Rev. Kurt Condra  
 
I've been wrestling with what to write that isn't already being said better and more eloquently by wiser and more insightful folk than I. But I realize that's devil talk. It's the voice of perfectionism and fear of doing it wrong that perpetuates the very conditions so obviously in need of transforming. 
 
However imperfectly we do it, now more than ever, each of us is called to do our part to alleviate suffering and affirm the sacred worth of every person. For some, that involves protests and demonstrations. For others it's prayer and spiritual study and practice. And while I'm not condoning it, I wonder if looting, violence and ignorant rhetoric may be catalyzing forces necessary for a nation to transcend racism.
 
Thing is we've been here before.  We freed slaves. We changed laws. We adopted a Constitutional Amendment. We elected a black president. All were outer demonstrations. They failed to change our deeply embedded belief in white supremacy, which then found new ways to perpetuate itself: Jim Crow, War on Drugs, Prison-Industrial Complex.
 
I believe this time can be different. What's required involves deep and courageous work in consciousness. Like a fish doesn't know it's wet, we Americans are inculcated with racist ideas raining down on us from birth. We're soaked. Fortunately there are tons of brilliant, compassionate teachers eager to lend us umbrellas. Following are some resources I'm using. Some inspire and keep me focused on possibilities. Others are thought-provoking and help me see that I'm still drenched. I think you'll find them supportive. And please share whatever you're watching/reading/listening to inspire, comfort and strengthen you!
 
Cloud Cult's "One Way Out of Hole" virtual performance with the Minneapolis Orchestra. Click here. 
 
Andra Day's "Rise Up" is an anthem for our times. (Thanks for recommending, Priscilla Florence.) 
 
Krista Tippet's On Being Podcast featuring trauma specialist Resmaa Menakem on how our bodies and nervous systems hold pain and suffering of "race" even through the generations. 
 
Brené Brown's Unlocking Us Podcast featuring Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist  
 
"13th" Film on Netflix named for 13th Amendment explores the history of racial inequality in the United States.