This Sunday: January 13, 2019
Many of us might have made resolutions at the beginning of the month - maybe one of your resolutions was to read more!
From Rev. Kimberley DeBus's blog
As I attempt to thoughtfully engage with my own white privilege and help our church become truly anti-racist, I learn day by day how much “un-learning” I have to do.
Reading the American Scholar magazine recently, I came upon a piece by law professor Farah Peterson titled “Black Lives and the Boston Massacre.”
Before reading the article, I quickly reviewed what I recalled about the Boston Massacre: That Crispus Attucks, a black man, was one of those killed, and that future President John Adams was the defense attorney for the British soldiers who fired upon the crowd of Bostonians. Adams secured their acquittal with what became a famous appeal to reason over emotion: “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
Then I started reading the article and my un-learning began.
About the state of the law at the time, which featured a version of “stand your ground” defense.
About the fact that Attucks was the very first man killed.
About the sad realization that Adams used appeals to emotions that bear a lot of resemblance to the Michael Brown killing.
There’s more – but please consider reading the full article in the online version of the American Scholar at this URL: https://theamericanscholar.org/black-lives-and-the-boston-massacre
It’s worth your time!
- Jim Beidler
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The group shepherding this column, which is planning other activities, will next meet at the church on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, 7 to 8:30 p.m. – all are invited!