What Crime Is This?

The shooting of Trayvon Martin continues to capture national interest. At least, the minorities I know are fully engaged and interested. Most folks like me (including me), not so much.

I want to tread carefully here. In America, we treat people as innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. I was in Durham, NC in March of 2006 when accusations of rape and racism against members of Duke’s lacrosse team made national headlines. Treating those charged as though they were guilty did not end well for the D.A. Facts changed the initial perceptions.

Having said that, there is a real, pervasive, and continuing problem of racism in our country.

A member of the Fuller Seminary community was recently accosted and injured fairly badly by police, apparently for the crime of walking down the street while black.

This should not be.

And, so, in solidarity with black Americans, who apparently must continue to live in fear that merely the color of their skin will make them objects of violence, I am taking up the theme of the “million hoodie march” and changing my online profile pictures to this:

I cannot be in New York or Philadelphia for a million hoodie march, but I can show my little corner of the world that I stand against the evil of racial hatred and the violence that comes from profiling.

Whatever the precise facts of this case, all injustice is an affront to God; and all hatred based on race is an affront to the God who makes each ethnicity and race uniquely beautiful.

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