The March on KC included PeaceWorks-KC leaders. “There were many denunciations of police violence and murders, many calls for the civil rights movement to be fully realized,” says Ann Suellentrop. Charles Carney highlights “the interlocking injustices” of police brutality, white supremacy, racism, and poverty.
Ron Faust muses about Chadwick Boseman, portraying change agents, such that “Even in a flicker of time his moment lasts.”
White people are often so entrenched in white supremacy that it is difficult to see any other alternatives.. … The earthquakes we are feeling in our society today are the shockwaves as this foundation cornerstone of white supremacy is being wrenched from underneath white persons.
Ron Faust of PeaceWorks-KC begins his poem thus: I am what I am Stricken by a pang in the leg Halted in my march to a higher calling Tired by people who can’t get along I rest in the journey to remember John Lewis
“We, as citizens of Kansas City, Kansas, have no trust in the KCK police department,” Christopher Overfelt testified July 13 at a budget hearing for the Unified Government of Kansas City, Kansas, and Wyandotte County. Overfelt and three others from the PeaceWorks Board, speaking at the hearing, called for independent oversight of police. And by July 16, the Unified Government commissioners passed a budget including a new watchdog over the police.
White people have no idea of the threat that police are to Black people. During the 7 years we have lived in our house, my husband has been stopped by two police for raking our front yard and asked, “Do the owners know you’re here?”
I'm writing this because my wife posted some instances of Racism she has seen me go through since we have been together in this house on the Southside of St. Louis. Those are just a couple of the things I told her about, because the other things were everyday Racism that just bounce off of me. I don’t want to have her living in fear that one day I might not come home.
Work on ensuring that Black educators are hired where Black children are taught. Work with your HR department to recruit Americans who are descendants of enslaved Africans. Donate to anti-white-supremacy work. Support Black businesses. Bank Black. These are a few of the actions white persons can take for racial justice, as recommended by Corinne Shutack.
“We are compelled to cry out against the murder of George Floyd,” says this letter from PeaceWorks-KC. “We cry out against all prior and continuing acts of violence toward Black, Indigenous, and other persons of color.”
Ron Faust, a former Disciples of Christ minister, wrote this poem May 31 on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis by police May 25. Faust’s poem begins: It was so visible, so wrong/In contrast to the death snarl/Of an invisible pandemic attack When an officer pressed the wind pipe/Of George Floyd to his death Even after he pleaded, “I can’t breathe”/Which took the whole world’s breath away