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Buffalo Dean preaches the protest

Buffalo Dean preaches the protest

The Interim Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo, NY, is making news for his choice of vestment for this Sunday’s sermon. The Very Reverend Will Mebane wore a Colin Kaepernick football jersey to preach a sermon titled “Wake up or face eternal damnation.”

TWC news reported,

It’s something you don’t see at your average Sunday mass.

Rev. Will Mebane, dean of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral wore the jersey of San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick at Sunday morning’s mass.

He wore it in support of Kaepernick’s recent protest.

Kaepernick’s been kneeling during the national anthem before his team’s games as a sign of protest against police violence and racial oppression in the United States.

Sunday’s mass focused on the recent circumstances surrounding the deaths of unarmed black men by police offers.

Citing the prophet Amos’ indictment of those indifferent to the suffering of the nation, Mebane said,

It is out of concern for our nation, and frankly for our souls, that I have chosen to wear this jersey today. …

This is really at the crux of things for me: There seems to be more … public outrage about a black man kneeling instead of standing for the National Anthem than there is outrage about the number of black women and men being killed by members of our police forces with seeming impunity.

Hear Mebane’s sermon here. How have you heard recent events related in your parish?

Photo via TWC news.

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JC Fisher

“Cops are easy to demonize but its time that we, the black community, take a look in the mirror, and stop making excuses.”

You’re entitled to your opinion, of course Malcolm, but Episcopal Cafe seems a rather strange place to post it. “We”, majority-white Episcopalians, I believe need to look in OUR mirrors, and examine WHY black&brown Americans feel they’re facing a possible death sentence every time they’re in the presence of a trigger-nervous cop. What’s OUR white Episcopalian responsibility?

Prof. Christopher Seitz

Amen, Mr. Black. God bless you.

Malcolm Black

University of Toledo criminologist Dr. Richard R. Johnson examined the latest crime data from the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Reports and Centers for Disease Control and found that an average of 4,472 black men were killed by other black men annually between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2012.

Professor Johnson’s research further concluded that 112 black men died from both justified and unjustified police-involved killings annually during this same period. (http://www.forcescience.org/forcepresentation.ppt)

What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.

This issue is one where we must all be held accountable, society for the rampant institutional racism that has flourished, as well as the African American community for the collapse of the family unit. 2 parents, regardless of gender, providing love and compassion to children. Christian’s bear the burden of creating a society governed by love and hatred. Part of this process is taking our current situation and moving forward with positive change. Cops are easy to demonize but its time that we, the black community, take a look in the mirror, and stop making excuses. Racism is here but it doesn’t dominate me, or my family. Let’s be the change and lift ourselves up together as one.

Thom Forde

Thank you Mr. Black.

David Allen

Malcom, one person-of-color to another, you don’t carefully instruct your children about how to deal with the police as children-of-color? How to behave in public, especially in police presence? Especially if stopped by the police?

I have a lot of white friends to whom I have asked those questions and they look at me strangely and then say that it never crossed their minds.

We Latinos have bad experiences with the police and we teach our children how they may be safe when in contact with the police when away from home. It may or may not serve them.

Walking/driving while brown is a similar experience in the USA to walking/driving while black.

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