Across the United States, anger rises, and protests spill into the streets following the murders of several black Americans. This occurs after months of a coronavirus pandemic that has hit black communities especially hard. PRRI CEO and founder Robert P. Jones examines this, and the overarching influence of white supremacy in a recent piece for Sojourners.
As I sit with the unfolding, wrenching story of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, the state that is home to six generations of my extended family, I’m struck by the things I never thought about as a white boy jogging. The events brought back the words of Jonathan T. Capehart, a journalist for the Washington Post, who — in the wake of the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. — recalled advice his mother gave him as a black boy: