In the wake of the Feb. 23, 2020 shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed African American man who was jogging in an Atlanta suburb, the organization, Faithful America, fights back against this potential hate crime.
Organization leaders are promoting a video by the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, who gives a prophetic examination of America’s history of slavery and greed, religion’s role in that history, and the responsibilities Christians have to address as their legacy today.
“Our faith was and is a faith of resistance. The Christianity practiced by people of African descent led to revolts, radical resistance, and a new interpretation of what it meant to follow Jesus. We saw Jesus not as a European figure given to us by missionaries, but as a dark-skinned Palestinian Jew who stood on the side of the oppressed.
“Jesus was for us and with us, was a savior who experienced the pain of occupation and knew the heartache of loved ones being brutalized by occupying forces. Jesus was not just a spiritual figure, but a physical savior who knew all about our troubles. The disease of racial terror spread, but the vaccine of our spirituality demanded we fight.
“Never forget we are a people of the spirit, and as people of the spirit, we recognize something: That when we pray, we also protest.”