A year after Ferguson, a practical theology emerges around ‘Black Lives Matter’

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Gary Washington stands over the casket of his mother, Ethel Lance, as she is buried at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church cemetery in North Charleston, S. C., on June 25, 2015. Lance is one of the nine victims of the mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Gary Washington stands over the casket of his mother, Ethel Lance, as she is buried at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church cemetery in North Charleston, S. C., on June 25, 2015. Lance is one of the nine victims of the mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Brian Snyder *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-CHARLESTON-ANNIVERSARY, originally transmitted on June 8, 2016.

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(RNS) As the “Black Lives Matter” movement has grown, it has been accompanied by practical theologies of people who feel called to act on their faith in pursuit of racial justice.

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  • Dominic

    I’m confused over the “Black Lives Matter” slogan used today, when blacks are killing each other at unprecedented rates in Baltimore and Chicago. Is this message just for white people?

  • bqrq

    This afternoon, Black Lives Matter activists shut down a campaign speech by Bernie Sanders and called his supporters white liberal racists. Bernie could be a good candidate if he would only stop pandering to gays and protecting Planned Parenthood. Since Bernie is unlikely to change his mind any time soon, it would appear that Black Lives Matter did the right thing this afternoon. Keep up the good work.

  • Jack

    The Black Lives Matter misleaders are total, unabashed charlatans — if they cared about black lives, they would focus on the horrific slaughter of blacks — including children — by other blacks in inner cities like Chicago. They would not be recirculating lies that were refuted completely by grand jury witnesses in the Michael Brown case.

    These are the same kinds of America-hating radicals who called Dr. King an Uncle Tom and an “oreo cookie” and who cheered his death while at the same time triggering riots in the days after his being killed.

    What we need are responsible white and black clergy to come together, shut out the hateful race baiters — white and black radicals alike — and help bring the country together again.

    Every time black and white Americans come together in unity, we shut down the haters and the dividers.

    We should come together with the message that “all lives matter.”

  • Jack

    You can’t build a credible theology on a movement — “Black Lives Matter” — that is racist, extremist, and built on lies and ignorance.

  • Jack

    Black Lives Matter is trying to become a movement, but right now, it’s just a collection of black radicals who are the pathetic sock puppets of rich white radicals who believe in true racial equality about as much as the KKK and the Nazis do.

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  • Black Lives Matter activists shut down a campaign speech by Bernie Sanders and called his supporters white liberal racists. Bernie could be a good candidate if he would only stop pandering to gays and protecting Planned Parenthood. Since Bernie is unlikely to change his mind any time soon, it would appear that Black Lives Matter did the right thing this afternoon. Keep up the good work.