No justice, no peace.

This phrase has stuck with me since seeing video footage of a protest in my college town of Nacogdoches. A young, black female was pinned to the curb of an apartment complex by an off-duty cop who also served as security for the complex. She and some friends were in the parking lot after a pool party, when the officer, who was not wearing a uniform or badge and was in an unmarked vehicle, used excessive force on the woman.

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Peter Boudreaux

A declaration of "I am not a racist" will no longer suffice.

We must move forward.

Our answer, our deeds, and our commitment to all our fellow human beings must be, "I am an anti-racist."

Take small steps. Research the lifework on race by the Iowa third grade teacher, Jane Elliott. She has much to teach us adults. We children of God struggle to be smarter than a third grader, and she makes it clear and simple.

And keep practicing. Keep learning. And keep listening.

Thanks Alyssa for a fine article! You may have 4th grade in your near future!

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