A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery

Another life taken. Another public lynching. Another news story. Another act of recorded black death.

It is disturbing that our nation has become comfortable with weekly broadcasts of black bodies falling to the ground. It’s become an unsolicited prime time series that we all hope and pray will be cancelled from the collective consciousness of America’s civic memory… The death of Ahmaud Arbery is not an anomaly but a historical pattern of behavior that binds every American to an unexamined history of our nation.

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III – May 17, 2020

The following video is powerful and haunting, and I thank Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III and the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago for producing this.

It wraps up at just under 23 minutes. For those of you who have accepted the reality of systemic racism, it will be affirming. For those of you who still deny this reality, ask yourself this: if, just if, systemic racism might be true, isn’t it worth 23 minutes of listening to confirm that?

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III | The Cross and the Lynching Tree: A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery

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