Dream of Destiny encourages the intentional fostering of ethnic diversity by our Christian leaders both in our churches and/or other organizations as well as in our personal lives. For leaders to truly be successful in this regard – going beyond surface acquaintances and into real, deep relationship – we must be willing to have hard conversations.
There have been a number of disturbing events that have received national attention in recent months – from the tragic events surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, Eric Garner in New York City, Tamir Rice in Cleveland, OH, John Crawford III in Greene County, OH, and most recently, Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina. Some want to call these isolated instances of “bad policing,” but many of my African-American friends say these are just the latest incidents in a long history of systemic injustice.
As the conversation continues, here is an excellent Ted Talk from March, 2012, by Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, that offers hard truths about America’s justice system:
“… I believe that… we will ultimately not be judged by our technology, we won’t be judged by our design, we won’t be judged by our intellect and reason. Ultimately, you judge the character of a society, not by how they treat their rich and the powerful and the privileged, but by how they treat the poor, the condemned, the incarcerated. Because it’s in that nexus that we actually begin to understand truly profound things about who we are.”