Prayer for an End to Racism
Remembering the courage of the Little Rock Nine, asking for the courage to confront the ongoing blight of racism, I turn to prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ
who reached across the ethnic boundaries
of Samaritan, Roman and Jew,
who offered fresh sight to the blind and freedom to captives,
help us to break down the barriers in our community,
enable us to see the reality of racism and bigotry,
and free us to challenge and uproot it
from ourselves, our society and our world.
– John Bucki, S.J. (from Living God’s Justice: Prayers and Reflections.)
I also commit to a small act of change: to voice my objection to statements of racism whenever they are uttered in my presence, no matter how banal they may seem, or how uncomfortable it may be to challenge them. I grew up in a de facto white-only suburb of Cleveland, OH. I’ve heard a lot of racist talk in my life, and let all too much of it go by unchallenged. I have a lot of silence for which to atone.