“We are tied in a single garment of destiny, we are caught up in an inescapable network of mutuality. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Wednesday was a frightening day for our country. Our “single garment of destiny” had us acknowledging the news of the first Jewish man and first Black man newly elected in the state of Georgia. RCWMS welcomes representation that more broadly reflects the diversity of our populace. We were also horrified at the storm in Washington. We at RCWMS condemn in the strongest terms the white, Christian, insurrectionist mob that breached the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. The stark difference between the treatment they received at the hands of police and what protestors for racial justice received over the past several months highlights in bold relief the enduring plague of white supremacy.
We look for wisdom and comfort from others. Dr. King’s daughter, Bernice King, tells us, “It’s okay not to be okay. Violence, in the form of white supremacy and racism and in other forms, is traumatizing. We’ve been moving on without collective therapy, healing, repair and eradication of the violence for far too long.”
Senator-elect Raphael Warnock invoked MLK at the end of the day on January 6: “In this moment of unrest, violence and anger, we must remember the words of Dr. King, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.’ Let each of us try to be a light to see our country out of this dark moment.”
Our communities deserve a better world, and RCWMS will continue to fight for it in the weeks and months ahead. We are here for you. Please reach out if you need to talk.
On behalf of RCWMS