Silence Speaks Volumes

by Yvonne Chase on June 1, 2020

“Brothers and sisters of color, how do you wish your white brothers and sisters would respond when cases of racial injustice, violence, and murder hit the news?” That question was posed by my white sister in Christ to Twitter in the wake of #GeorgeFloyd being murdered.” Before I get into this post, let me say this, it took me seven whole days to write it because I struggled to find the best way to speak my heart without offending you, the reader. I’m asking you to receive my words with grace. And now on to the conversation that followed…

Me: Thank you for asking. I would like you to use your platform to say it’s wrong and needs to stop. Write a blog post if you’re a writer. Tweet about it. Whatever you do, don’t be silent. Silence in the face of wrong makes me angry! If you are my sister in Christ and believe we’re all made in God’s image, how can you be silent? How can you say nothing? Do nothing? #GeorgeFloyd is a child of God. What happened to him ought to break your heart and make you want to do something…anything including asking this question.

Her: Thank you, Yvonne. So much.

Me: Thank you. Would you mind saying a bit about why you asked?

Her: I want to listen and learn. Based on exactly what you shared, my friends and I decided our Friday theology chat needs to be about white privilege. May I read your reply during our live chat?

Me: Sure. What do you think about what I shared?

Her: Everything you said makes sense, and I agree. A biblical view of the Imago Dei leaves no room for racism or a cavalier attitude toward injustice. I am so grieved over the murder of George Floyd.

Me: Hearing this means something. Hopefully, the grief you feel moves you to keep listening, learning, and speaking up about it. When white people speak up and say white privilege must stop and they use their voices to speak up against white supremacy, then maybe just maybe we will see a change.

As I watched the video and heard George cry out for his mother not once but twice while yelling, “I can’t breathe”, a cry we heard from Eric Garner, another black man killed by white police officers, I was done! Tears streamed down my face! I was angry, disgusted…I wanted to fight. I still want to fight!

I know a lot of black men; tall, big, strong black men like George Floyd. My four remaining brothers are tall and big just like him. I have nephews that are big, tall, strong, strapping black men. This could be them. One of my closest friends is a 6’5 muscular black man. This could be him. My phone could ring any day with news that any of the black men in my life was killed by a white cop simply because he’s black.

I’m angry that the church is silent on this matter. That my white sisters in Christ have said nothing. Have not shared a tweet, written a blog post, or an IG post about it. I see you on my timeline tweeting about everything else under the sun yet nothing about George Floyd. How can you be silent? I’ve seen this repeatedly when an innocent black man or woman is killed. Silence! And that is why I appreciated her question so much.

We are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. Black people are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. While fighting for our lives and doing everything we can to make sure we don’t get the virus, we learn about the murder of Ahmaud Aubrey who was shot by police officers while jogging…jogging! Getting exercise! Taking care of his body! Then we hear about the murder of Breonna Taylor. Cops stormed into her home on March 13th and shot her eight times and now George Floyd; killed on May 25th. Enough is enough!

Derek, the cop who murdered George in broad daylight had 19 infractions on his record. How and why was he still a cop? I believe the only reason he was finally arrested is because of the rioting. They want it to stop. It is a slap in the face to us and a slap on the wrist for him that he was only charged with third-degree murder/manslaughter which means with a good lawyer, he could get off with probation. Meanwhile, the three remaining cops who were an accomplice to this murder have not been arrested.

On Friday morning, I woke up early. Couldn’t sleep. George was on my mind. I began to watch CNN, something I never do especially not at 4:30 in the morning but I needed to get an update. As I’m sitting there watching the news, I see a black male reporter and I say to myself, why do they have this black man in Minnesota reporting? I was concerned for his safety…worried that something bad would happen to him.

No sooner than I could finish the thought did I see him arrested on national TV. I couldn’t believe my eyes. He showed his credentials. They knew he worked for CNN yet it didn’t matter. Meanwhile, his white colleague who was reporting one block away was not arrested, as a matter of fact, he said the authorities were genuinely nice to him and didn’t bother him at all.

How do you arrest a black reporter on national TV while he’s doing his job before you arrest a murderer? How? That would never happen to a white person. If this doesn’t tell you clearly what’s happening to black people in America, then I don’t know what will.

In closing, I leave you with this; if we call ourselves Christians, our hearts must break for what breaks God’s heart. We need empathy, compassion and we need to see each other the way he sees us. Derek Chauvin didn’t have a heart when he killed George Floyd. Did you see the look on his face? It seems like he got pleasure from it. The law can’t change him and those who think like him; only Jesus Christ and the power of his Holy Spirit can and that is why it is imperative that the church, God’s people, followers of Jesus Christ speak up loudly and say that systemic racism, white supremacy, and white privilege is wrong. You can no longer be silent. We must be in this fight for equal treatment of all God’s people together. Black people cannot fight this battle alone. We need our white allies to come alongside us and fight with us until change comes because here’s the reality of it all, if George Floyd were your child, relative, or the child of someone you know, you would not be silent.

Something to think about…

What say you? What are your thoughts on the murder of George Floyd, the riots, protests, and the change that needs to come? 

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Bev @ Walking Well With God June 1, 2020

Yvonne,
If we call ourselves Christians then our hearts must break for what breaks the Lord’s heart. I believe that this sinister act (and others like it) break God’s heart. How can you not cry when your child is calling out and dying. Thank you for the reminder that it is better to speak up than to be silent for fear of saying the wrong thing. My heart hurts for all my friends who are black and every color that has met with injustice. I just can’t fathom man’s inhumanity to man. We need to corporately stand up to pure evil and say enough. I am so sorry Yvonne for what you face each and every day. We can’t choose our color so how can we say one color is supreme over another? That’s crazy talk. Thank you for your poignant post and I am praying for the only thing that will cure racism – loving each other as we love ourselves.
With love and prayers,
Bev xo
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Yvonne Chase June 8, 2020

@Bev,

You and I and are on the same page. I cannot fathom man’s inhumanity to man…cannot! Don’t want to. The hate and pure evil in some of our hearts needs to be gutted out. No law can change or fix a wicked evil heart. Only Jesus can. Then and only then can we really love each other in the way he calls us to. Derek Chauvin has an evil wicked heart. I hope he finds Jesus while he sits in prison.
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Michele Morin June 2, 2020

Heartbreaking.
Frightening.
I depend so much, Yvonne, on your words to shine a light on my apathy and distractedness.
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Laurie June 2, 2020

Thank you for writing this, Yvonne. If I call myself your sister in Christ, then I must treat you with respect and love. I must be willing to speak up against racism because by staying silent, I am giving my implicit agreement with racist words and acts. We Christians must set an example for others in this country and never tolerate any acts of hate against our brothers and sisters.
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Yvonne Chase June 8, 2020

@Laurie,

Yes, we Christians must be the light in this dark world and speak up for injustice. We know right from wrong. We have to be the example otherwise the world is doomed to hell!
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Lauren Renee Sparks June 3, 2020

Thank you for sharing your heart. I have a post going up on Friday that I have continued to revise and add to every day because there is so much my broken heart wants to say. And now I will be linking to your post as well. As a black sister in Christ, what you say on this is very important to me.
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Bethany McIlrath June 3, 2020

Yvonne, thanks for sharing this. It’s heartbreaking. I worked near the area where George Floyd was killed, in a school, and I had never seen such racism or racial division. It was sobering and repulsive and saddening. I appreciate your thoughts on speaking up- personally, I’ve been silent on social because it seemed like listening, praying, and having conversations with people in person was more respectful. I was also confused by the blackout Tuesday posts because I thought that was for the music industry only as their way of speaking up. But I’m taking serious note of your call to speak up. Thank you for this, and amen. Jesus alone.

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Yvonne Chase June 8, 2020

@Bethany,

Listening, praying, and having in-person conversations is wonderful. We need all of that in large doses.

This post is not to force anyone to post about it. Instead, it makes me wonder how come you don’t. Not you specifically…It was so heinous and vile that I couldn’t understand how anyone could ignore it while posting about a bunch of other stuff.

And like you, I too, was confused by Blackout Tuesday. The intention was great, however, the execution was poor.
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Sharon Hazel June 5, 2020

Thank you for sharing your heart – we have a clear mandate to speak up for justice and finding a way in which our voices can be heard. This is a well known English quote – so I’m not sure if its known in the U.S – “the pen is mightier than the sword”. You have made a start….

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Antionette Blake June 5, 2020

Thank you sis for sharing on your blog and at the #trafficjamweekend Linky party. Please read my post and consider sharing the PSA.

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Lisa notes June 8, 2020

Just shared on Twitter (I’m only now reading blog posts this week). I’m listening to you. I’m listening to the cries of George Floyd’s family and friends. I’m listening to the heartache of my fellow black brothers and sisters. I’m listening for repentance from me and fellow white brothers and sisters for not doing enough to stop systemic racism because we didn’t want to believe it to be real.

Lord, have mercy on us.

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Yvonne Chase June 8, 2020

@Lisa,

That’s it right there; repentance from our white sisters and brothers is a step in the right direction. Repentance only comes after recognizing a wrong and that’s the missing link. Until white people say systemic racism and white privilege is wrong, there will be no repentance.
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Barbara Harper June 8, 2020

Thank you for sharing your heart. I was astounded, sickened, saddened, and angry at George Floyd’s death. The problem is so big and pervasive, it’s hard to know where and how to start. But we can take a stand and use our voices and pray God opens people’s eyes and hearts.

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Yvonne Chase June 8, 2020

@Barbara,

Yes, we need to pray hard that God opens our eyes and hearts, and turns is in the right direction. He is the only way out of this.
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Michelle June 10, 2020

Yvonne, I too, am appalled that any white person could keep silent on the BLM issue – and I’m white (and an atheist). If I had been younger and in better health, I’d have joined the protests. With each murder I am infuriated, and do my best to try and educate other white people. But you know who are the hardest to get to listen? So called, Christians. I think it’s fear and ignorance, but that is no excuse.

Excellent post!

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Kimberly H. Smith June 11, 2020

Yvonne, Thank you for sharing this powerful post on Traffic Jam Weekend! It has been chosen as a fave feature for this week’s party that goes live on Thursday at 5:00 pm CST. Lauren Sparks’ post was chosen as a fave feature as well.
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Linda Stoll June 12, 2020

Amen, Yvonne.

Your words, your heart are a catalyst for this community you’ve built here.

I’m certain you’re making a huge impact.

Listening and writing and praying with you …
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Calvonia Radford June 20, 2020

Yvonne, we have our platforms for such a time as this. People need to hear our thoughts and feel our hearts. Their experiences have not been ours. They will not know if we don’t share. I appreciate your realness. No sugar coating. Praise God! Truth can make people uncomfortable, but it embeds your words in their memory and causes them to ponder them for a while. Keep it coming, Sis.

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Shelbee on the Edge June 21, 2020

Yvonne, thank you so very much for writing this. I don’t even call myself a Christian, but I feel every word you say. I feel the heartbreak when I hear these news stories. I feel my own heart break every time. And I always sit in wonder reflecting on what can I do to make important and necessary changes happen in the world? But I feel so small in all of it. I have no idea where to begin. Your sharing this helps me to find a starting point for myself to figure out what I can do. Thank you for that. And know that I see you, I hear you, I respect you, I love you, and I am looking to you and others like you to educate me in these areas where I need educating. Please keep shining your brilliant light into this world. God knows we need it!

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