The San Luis Obispo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has done us all proud (“Why ‘Black lives matter’ matters to SLO church,” Aug. 22).
Not only did they put up a banner reading, “Black lives matter,” but, when it was cut down by strangers, they also wrote a clear rationale for having erected the banner in the first place, signed by the minister and president. Then they set about replacing the banner immediately. Every “community of faith” should have, by now, done the same: affirmed or posted such a message somewhere to signify solidarity with black people here and everywhere. Few have done so.
As an ordained Christian minister for 50 years, I have observed that “communities of faith” worry more about their own interests, about not seeming to be political, than about solidarity with suffering people and embattled communities.
I commend the UU Fellowship for the inspiration it is giving by its action and its words. Theirs is a small, but important, contribution to a much-needed conversation. The accumulated harm done to black Americans (and other minorities) adds substantially to the package of white privilege that we enjoy and so take for granted. Before we shout in rebuttal, “All lives matter!” we must see that black lives, all nonwhite lives, matter as much as do our white lives.