Alright, everybody: let’s take all the energy and outrage we have felt about this issue, multiply it by one thousand, and add it to the Black Lives Matter Movement.

This kerfuffle has certainly revealed and perhaps even sharpened the ways in which U.S.-American Catholics differ, but it has also highlighted at least one thing we hold in common: black lives do not matter to the overwhelming majority of us, at least not that much.

I wish “liberal” Catholics felt as much anger about the routine, state-sanctioned assaults on black life in this country as we have about the slurs and conspiracy theories of an editorialist.  (Really, we should care about the former much more than we do about the latter.)  I wish “conservative” Catholics spilt as much ink airing their ire against the racialized regime of freedom-denying mass incarceration as they have about the suggestion that a certain writer might not be that good at his job.  (Really, they should care about the former much more than they do about the latter).

Let us rally around the racial prophets of the Black Lives Matter Movement as we have rallied around this Synod. Let us build a church in which black lives truly matter and to whom white supremacy appears anathema.

*I gratefully borrow this term from the brilliant Kaya Oakes.

9 thoughts

  1. Uhh uhh I signed a dumb letter but like I really care about black people, see?

  2. Serious, honest question, no snark intended: Why do you call Tupac a theologian? There are all sorts of lay people with all sorts of diverse opinions on God, religion, etc. What is it that Tupac did or said that you think was so particularly insightful about theology?

      1. The link to my academia page that contains said article is both included in at least one of Mr. Dreher’s several blog posts about me, which I presume led you here, or it is also on the right side of every post I write for WIT, the blog on which you are currently commenting. I will let you choose which path of access you prefer.

  3. For those who actually care about marginalized urban youth, I think that we ought to focus on actual solutions.

    1) Body cameras for all police officers in a city of a certain population (for congress to determine) should be funded.
    2) school choice should be available, via federal vouchers, for the poorest 20% of families (upward towards 70% of such students grow up in single parent homes and thus likely have less moral formation and stability than others).
    3) abolish mandatory/minimum sentences and make small drug possession a misdemeanor.

    I Think that those three points should be enough for us to chew on for now.

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