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A Prayer for #Ferguson- Cross Post

Posted on: November 25, 2014

“I live in two worlds. I am Jewish and I am black, and I am calling out to the Jewish community to please take notice of these past events, not just the events in Ferguson but the number of black men and people of color in our society who are stopped by police, arrested by police and even killed by police. Many in the Jewish community believe that these issues do not concern us, but they do. American Jews are now more racially diverse than ever. Every Shabbat many of us sit next to a Jews of color in our synagogues. Many of us have children of color, many of us have people of color in our families and many of us are black. We as a Jewish community can no longer say these issues do not concern us.”- #Sandra Lawson

Around the U.S folks are taking to the streets to protest last night’s grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. While I can never understand the level of grief that the Brown family is feeling, or the frustration the community of Ferguson is feeling, Sandra Lawson’s words reached me deeply. I commented on my Facebook page that sometimes all you can do is pray, and I truly believe that.

Read the rest of the soon-to-be Rabbi Sandra Lawson’s prayer here.

2 Responses to "A Prayer for #Ferguson- Cross Post"

I think we need to care about all people regardless of race or religion.

I’m a white Jewish woman and am truly heartbroken by this. I can’t image the rage people of color must feel.

I honestly thought Wilson would be indicted – someone on twitter summed it up best: My white privilege: thinking this time would be different.

I totally agree with you, Stephanie. And gosh, I wish it was that easy, right? I’d like to think that most of us; Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and non-believers could care about one another regardless of who the other is.
I’ve been watching Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s PBS special “Finding Your Roots” genealogy is an obsession of mine, and of course we all know that we’re the same, but it’s so amazing to see that as human beings we’re 99.9% the same in our DNA. Skin color, race, ethnicity, nationality … it’s all a reason to seperate us rather than bring us together.

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