1 00:11:35,269 --> 00:11:46,500 hello Unitarian Universalists I am so excited for this night and delighted to 2 00:11:46,500 --> 00:11:53,279 introduce Brittany Packnett an unapologetic educator activist writer 3 00:11:53,279 --> 00:12:00,680 and national leader in social justice as your Ware lecturer 4 00:12:07,009 --> 00:12:14,670 the Ware lecture was founded in 1922 as a way to invite prescient speakers to 5 00:12:14,670 --> 00:12:20,639 come share their insights and to challenge us I love those two things 6 00:12:20,639 --> 00:12:28,649 together because insight without challenge satisfies curiosity but not a 7 00:12:28,649 --> 00:12:35,100 lot more than that and the we're lecture certainly have been a lot more than that 8 00:12:35,100 --> 00:12:45,300 last year we had Bryan Stevenson from the equal justice initiative as if 9 00:12:45,300 --> 00:12:51,029 looking into the future of the time between last GA and what this would be 10 00:12:51,029 --> 00:12:58,470 he offered us four mandates get proximate to the poor the excluded the 11 00:12:58,470 --> 00:13:04,439 neglected and abused change the narratives that underline racism and 12 00:13:04,439 --> 00:13:13,170 other inequalities stay hopeful about creating justice and be willing to do 13 00:13:13,170 --> 00:13:16,339 uncomfortable things 14 00:13:19,349 --> 00:13:26,409 so as you know the we're lectures have always been something more than an 15 00:13:26,409 --> 00:13:31,719 intellectual exercise and I am so excited to introduce miss Brittany Packnett 16 00:13:31,719 --> 00:13:38,559 and to ask all of you all of us to open ourselves to both her insights and 17 00:13:38,559 --> 00:13:45,759 her challenge with our minds and our hearts and our spirits miss pac net is 18 00:13:45,759 --> 00:13:51,159 vice-president of national community alliances for Teach for America where 19 00:13:51,159 --> 00:13:55,029 she leads a team engaging in partnerships with communities and 20 00:13:55,029 --> 00:14:01,959 children of color she's co-founder of campaign zero a comprehensive policy 21 00:14:01,959 --> 00:14:07,749 platform to end police violence she was a member of the Ferguson Commission and 22 00:14:07,749 --> 00:14:13,329 she was on the streets in Ferguson for days and weeks after the shooting the 23 00:14:13,329 --> 00:14:19,779 murder of Michael Brown miss pack net also served on President Obama's Task 24 00:14:19,779 --> 00:14:27,549 Force for 21st century policing and she recently founded Love + power a platform 25 00:14:27,549 --> 00:14:35,709 to inspire and outfit people for justice among her many honors Brittney has 26 00:14:35,709 --> 00:14:42,189 graced the cover of essence magazine been named one of Time Magazine's 12 new 27 00:14:42,189 --> 00:14:46,959 faces of black leadership Marie Claire's new guard 28 00:14:46,959 --> 00:14:53,439 LinkedIn's next wave received the Peter Jennings award for civic leadership and 29 00:14:53,439 --> 00:15:01,299 shares the number three spot on politico's 2016 50 most influential 30 00:15:01,299 --> 00:15:03,989 lists 31 00:15:10,310 --> 00:15:17,300 Brittany is an alum of Washington University in st. Louis Missouri 32 00:15:18,470 --> 00:15:26,790 American University in Washington and is a current Aspen Institute education 33 00:15:26,790 --> 00:15:33,360 fellow she has published on multiple platforms including her weekly podcasts 34 00:15:33,360 --> 00:15:38,490 pods save the people which I follow faithfully and I recommend to you pod 35 00:15:38,490 --> 00:15:44,330 saved the people which ya which just won two webby awards 36 00:15:44,330 --> 00:15:50,250 Brittany describes herself as a proud black woman who believes that freedom is 37 00:15:50,250 --> 00:15:59,430 within our grasp as long as we unleash love build our power and because as she 38 00:15:59,430 --> 00:16:08,100 cites dr. King power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice 39 00:16:08,100 --> 00:16:20,120 I welcome to the 2018 General Assembly miss Brittany Packnett - welcome! 40 00:16:34,540 --> 00:16:37,180 alright 41 00:16:39,160 --> 00:16:46,960 good evening see normally when I come into a crowd I've never spoken in front 42 00:16:46,960 --> 00:16:52,150 of I say good evening and I hear maybe one or two whispers in response but you 43 00:16:52,150 --> 00:17:00,640 all knew what to do so again I'd say good evening yes it is an honor and a 44 00:17:00,640 --> 00:17:07,330 privilege and an immense blessing to be with each of you I am thankful to 45 00:17:07,330 --> 00:17:11,860 Reverend Frederick gray Susan your leadership is unparalleled and I am 46 00:17:11,860 --> 00:17:17,590 deeply honored to have been invited to do this by you I also want to shut out 47 00:17:17,590 --> 00:17:27,370 my friend Leslie Mac hey Leslie I want to thank you not only for your 48 00:17:27,370 --> 00:17:32,620 sisterhood but for your determination to always hold the most affected at the 49 00:17:32,620 --> 00:17:38,950 center and not just talk about it but to be about it the black you use her blue 50 00:17:38,950 --> 00:17:43,330 as I know you are call you gave me all that my spirit needed today with that 51 00:17:43,330 --> 00:17:49,900 worship service and the Youth Council you all gave me more hope than I came in 52 00:17:49,900 --> 00:17:55,090 with I have to admit and so I want to thank you both for your commitment and 53 00:17:55,090 --> 00:18:08,560 your generosity I am so overwhelmed by the aspirations and the commitment to 54 00:18:08,560 --> 00:18:14,710 love and Beloved Community that sit in this place and that sit with each of you 55 00:18:14,710 --> 00:18:19,840 I had been looking forward to and mentally preparing for this day for 56 00:18:19,840 --> 00:18:22,930 months I already told him earlier when I got the email I thought they made a 57 00:18:22,930 --> 00:18:30,880 mistake but I'm glad to be with you so I crafted thoughts to share with you today 58 00:18:30,880 --> 00:18:38,770 about the power of a spirit of expectancy you see whether you know it 59 00:18:38,770 --> 00:18:45,250 or not you came here tonight with a spirit of expectancy now I learned that 60 00:18:45,250 --> 00:18:49,720 phrase and my father's black Baptist Church on the other side of Missouri st. 61 00:18:49,720 --> 00:18:53,330 Louis so you may not use that phrase exactly 62 00:18:53,330 --> 00:18:57,980 but if you think about it and admit it to yourself you came here with a spirit 63 00:18:57,980 --> 00:19:04,930 of expectancy you are expecting something to come and you have 64 00:19:04,930 --> 00:19:11,030 expectations about what exactly that will be you have high expectations and 65 00:19:11,030 --> 00:19:17,270 perhaps a set of archetypes for how a lecture on an auspicious occasion like 66 00:19:17,270 --> 00:19:22,640 this one is supposed to go and I plan to try to meet every one of those 67 00:19:22,640 --> 00:19:29,450 expectations that I assumed you might have had of me I had to a plan to 68 00:19:29,450 --> 00:19:34,040 immerse myself in previous speakers work and the texts they had written you can't 69 00:19:34,040 --> 00:19:38,630 stand at a lectern that dr. King and Brian Stevenson stood at before you had 70 00:19:38,630 --> 00:19:45,560 not prepared I plan to gather my thoughts and present 71 00:19:45,560 --> 00:19:50,270 them in a way that was part academic and part liturgical inspiring to some of 72 00:19:50,270 --> 00:19:56,990 that elusive historical kingi and rhythm I planned to immerse myself in canonical 73 00:19:56,990 --> 00:20:03,980 research and revolutionary teaching to study and show myself approved I had a 74 00:20:03,980 --> 00:20:08,060 plan to come here and meet your spirit of expectancy with a pointed and 75 00:20:08,060 --> 00:20:14,780 prepared brilliance that would take months to get just right that is after 76 00:20:14,780 --> 00:20:20,150 all to be clear the temptation when black minds are invited to historically 77 00:20:20,150 --> 00:20:27,350 and predominantly white spaces no matter how fortified we are in our heritage or 78 00:20:27,350 --> 00:20:31,700 how determined we are to live authentically there is always somewhere 79 00:20:31,700 --> 00:20:36,800 some voice telling you to contort yourself to meet the expectations of 80 00:20:36,800 --> 00:20:43,040 other people that there is some great proof that you alone must provide in a 81 00:20:43,040 --> 00:20:48,920 single moment to show that the entire race is justified that voice that tells 82 00:20:48,920 --> 00:20:54,140 you there is some profound burden that you carry for women for people of color 83 00:20:54,140 --> 00:20:58,370 for women of color for anybody marginalized anywhere and make you are 84 00:20:58,370 --> 00:21:02,990 responsible to prove our word in the presence of the privileged and 85 00:21:02,990 --> 00:21:08,310 even when I have intentionally quieted that voice in my own life through prayer 86 00:21:08,310 --> 00:21:13,170 and through practice through therapy and through struggle still the voice was 87 00:21:13,170 --> 00:21:20,370 there telling me that your expectations were more important than my own that 88 00:21:20,370 --> 00:21:23,910 your expectations were more important than my communities that your 89 00:21:23,910 --> 00:21:32,760 expectations were more important than my creators but then I read a poem I am 90 00:21:32,760 --> 00:21:39,960 confused and afraid the poem began I wonder what paths I will take I hear 91 00:21:39,960 --> 00:21:45,780 there's only two ways out I see mothers buried their sons I want my mom never to 92 00:21:45,780 --> 00:21:53,940 feel that pain I am confused and afraid I pretend all is fine I feel like I'm 93 00:21:53,940 --> 00:22:02,300 suffocating I touch nothing so I believe all is fine I worry that isn't enough I 94 00:22:02,300 --> 00:22:10,350 cry no more I am confused and afraid I understand people believe I'm just a 95 00:22:10,350 --> 00:22:18,510 statistic I say to them I'm different I dream of life's getting easier I try my 96 00:22:18,510 --> 00:22:24,870 best to make my dream come true I hope that it does I am confused and afraid 97 00:22:24,870 --> 00:22:33,290 that poem stopped me in my tracks waiting just two years ago on May 16th 98 00:22:33,290 --> 00:22:40,280 2016 I read in it a burden with which I was deeply familiar a burden to prove a 99 00:22:40,280 --> 00:22:46,170 burden to pretend a burden to suffocate and stand still so that no harm comes to 100 00:22:46,170 --> 00:22:51,360 this black body or this black mind a burden of confusion a burden of fear a 101 00:22:51,360 --> 00:22:58,020 black bird need to survive instead of a universal opportunity to thrive I began 102 00:22:58,020 --> 00:23:01,800 this journey to you tonight thinking that your expectations were more 103 00:23:01,800 --> 00:23:07,230 important than my own than my communities than my creators but every 104 00:23:07,230 --> 00:23:09,969 time I assume the burden to prove myself 105 00:23:09,969 --> 00:23:14,619 worthy I teach the young minds and young hearts looking to me that they have to 106 00:23:14,619 --> 00:23:20,769 do the same and the author of this poem will never have the chance to shed that 107 00:23:20,769 --> 00:23:25,359 burden he will never know he had permission not to live someone else's 108 00:23:25,359 --> 00:23:30,700 spirit of expectancy but rather that he could have his own he will never know 109 00:23:30,700 --> 00:23:34,960 that he didn't have to hope his dream would come true but that he could expect 110 00:23:34,960 --> 00:23:39,460 it he will never know because he became a statistic 111 00:23:39,460 --> 00:23:45,969 he wasn't different his life didn't get any easier because the young man who 112 00:23:45,969 --> 00:23:51,369 wrote this poem antoine rose was shot in the back by pittsburgh police just last 113 00:23:51,369 --> 00:24:01,059 week he was black and unarmed and 17 so you see your expectations cannot be more 114 00:24:01,059 --> 00:24:05,559 important than mine because i expect myself to stand here in the gap for 115 00:24:05,559 --> 00:24:09,629 Antoine your 116 00:24:12,400 --> 00:24:16,630 your expectations cannot be more important than my communities because 117 00:24:16,630 --> 00:24:22,150 they expect me to stand here in the gap for Antoine your expectations of me at 118 00:24:22,150 --> 00:24:26,530 this lectern on this auspicious occasion cannot be more important than my 119 00:24:26,530 --> 00:24:33,820 creators because he would not permit me to stand here without Antoine I read his 120 00:24:33,820 --> 00:24:40,030 words I read his words and I threw out my plan I threw out my need to live up 121 00:24:40,030 --> 00:24:45,130 to some archetype of scholarship and research and knowing you see my research 122 00:24:45,130 --> 00:24:50,320 is 33 years of living black in America struggling at the table and in 123 00:24:50,320 --> 00:24:55,840 classrooms and in streets for the freedom we didn't gain on June teens my 124 00:24:55,840 --> 00:25:01,120 scholarship is generations of trauma and triumph passed down through my bloodline 125 00:25:01,120 --> 00:25:05,500 that was never supposed to survive past the chattel slavery for which it was 126 00:25:05,500 --> 00:25:11,350 intended it is knowing that wherever I go I am a black woman in America which 127 00:25:11,350 --> 00:25:20,260 means I may come as one but as Maya said I stand as 10,000 my research my 128 00:25:20,260 --> 00:25:25,060 scholarship my knowing is transferred from a people whose history began 129 00:25:25,060 --> 00:25:30,970 centuries ago who cradled civilization and birth nations who were such a threat 130 00:25:30,970 --> 00:25:34,900 to the desired world order that they were gathered up and shackled up in 131 00:25:34,900 --> 00:25:39,580 Nigeria and Ghana tossed across a hurling sea docked on the eastern coast 132 00:25:39,580 --> 00:25:44,380 of a foreign continent stolen from its indigenous tribes sold across strange 133 00:25:44,380 --> 00:25:49,030 territories to the south some are buried on a plantation called Packnett in 134 00:25:49,030 --> 00:25:53,470 Mississippi some survived and trekked on trains for the Great promised land of 135 00:25:53,470 --> 00:25:58,600 South Side Chicago one migrated back down across the Freedom River to the 136 00:25:58,600 --> 00:26:02,710 wrong side of the old mason-dixon line to marry a st. Louis sweetheart my momma 137 00:26:02,710 --> 00:26:08,440 and all that transferred to me standing amidst chaos as my city burned and my 138 00:26:08,440 --> 00:26:12,640 people cried and my eyes were gassed and Michael Brown to Jean Powell von 139 00:26:12,640 --> 00:26:17,339 Jeremiah's and Lancer bombay's blood covered the hands of the powerful in 140 00:26:17,339 --> 00:26:23,459 Ferguson and beyond I almost showed up here denying all that 141 00:26:23,459 --> 00:26:31,070 ancestry all that power all that knowing I almost showed up here as someone else 142 00:26:31,070 --> 00:26:39,659 but God God reminded me that my knowing guess comes from some texts some holy or 143 00:26:39,659 --> 00:26:44,639 revolutionary some transformative and culture shifting but my knowing comes 144 00:26:44,639 --> 00:26:52,559 from my soul too antwon's knowing came from his soul to his own seared prophecy 145 00:26:52,559 --> 00:26:56,579 over his young life meant that the spirit of expectancy he learned was 146 00:26:56,579 --> 00:27:02,969 vastly different than the one some of you may know he didn't expect joy he 147 00:27:02,969 --> 00:27:08,369 expected to struggle for it he didn't expect a chance to be given he expected 148 00:27:08,369 --> 00:27:15,059 to work for it and still maybe not get it he didn't expect ease or comfort or 149 00:27:15,059 --> 00:27:22,169 worth he expected burden you see expectancy is a funny thing every day 150 00:27:22,169 --> 00:27:26,429 preachers and pastors and healers will stand before their congregants and 151 00:27:26,429 --> 00:27:31,609 followers and flocks and dare them to have a spirit of expectancy for the good 152 00:27:31,609 --> 00:27:37,469 for the abundant for the restoratives expect your healing they say expect your 153 00:27:37,469 --> 00:27:44,279 miracle expect your breakthrough and for a time many of us will we will throw out 154 00:27:44,279 --> 00:27:49,649 our worldly judgment and throw it to the side for the sake of faith of spiritual 155 00:27:49,649 --> 00:27:55,649 exercise of trusting a God bigger and better and higher than any of us but for 156 00:27:55,649 --> 00:28:00,389 some of us when we come out of those doors when we exit those spaces for hope 157 00:28:00,389 --> 00:28:06,629 we re-enter a fundamentally different reality some of us know better than to 158 00:28:06,629 --> 00:28:12,119 raise our expectations of this place called the world some of us don't even 159 00:28:12,119 --> 00:28:17,039 bother to have any expectations at all of our country of our institutions 160 00:28:17,039 --> 00:28:22,109 perhaps even of the neighbor with whom we just worshipped next to whom we serve 161 00:28:22,109 --> 00:28:27,590 live and work all week we have watched fascism 162 00:28:27,590 --> 00:28:32,600 and nationalism once again rear its ugly face to tear child from parent and 163 00:28:32,600 --> 00:28:37,039 criminalized the very migration that has been a natural part of human life since 164 00:28:37,039 --> 00:28:41,649 the dawn of time and all week 165 00:28:43,960 --> 00:28:49,420 and still all week I have watched well-intentioned people with good hearts 166 00:28:49,420 --> 00:28:59,740 and strong souls utter a simple phrase this is not who we are but this this is 167 00:28:59,740 --> 00:29:05,260 exactly who we are and those of us who society have pushed to the margins have 168 00:29:05,260 --> 00:29:09,510 been trying to tell you so for years 169 00:29:13,230 --> 00:29:18,570 you see indigenous people who occupied this land as far north as Canada and as 170 00:29:18,570 --> 00:29:22,860 far south as the very border we want to close down as if it was ours to begin 171 00:29:22,860 --> 00:29:28,740 with they had been trying to tell you this is exactly who we are native people 172 00:29:28,740 --> 00:29:31,650 whose children were kidnapped in the dead of night and shipped off to 173 00:29:31,650 --> 00:29:35,910 boarding schools so that a nascent country founded with genocide and on 174 00:29:35,910 --> 00:29:40,740 supremacy could quote kill the Indian and save the man they've been trying to 175 00:29:40,740 --> 00:29:46,919 tell you this is exactly who we are the descendants of enslaved Africans 176 00:29:46,919 --> 00:29:51,630 watching their children be sold off for labour have been trying to tell you this 177 00:29:51,630 --> 00:29:57,390 is exactly who we are that when our children were sold off from us our women 178 00:29:57,390 --> 00:30:02,820 were still expected to breastfeed the children of our owners that there were 179 00:30:02,820 --> 00:30:08,160 no tracking systems when their children were taken either that no one had any 180 00:30:08,160 --> 00:30:13,440 institution any intentions of reunification then either that no 181 00:30:13,440 --> 00:30:18,059 executive orders were signed to truly in their suffering then either that 182 00:30:18,059 --> 00:30:22,410 reconstruction was intentionally stopped just then just like educate our 183 00:30:22,410 --> 00:30:28,110 immigration reform is intentionally stopped now the Japanese mothers and 184 00:30:28,110 --> 00:30:31,410 fathers who laid their children of bed and internment and concentration camps 185 00:30:31,410 --> 00:30:36,570 run by our military have been telling you that yes this is exactly who we are 186 00:30:36,570 --> 00:30:40,710 and who we've always been they have tried to tell you that the beds and 187 00:30:40,710 --> 00:30:44,880 these new detention centers look eerily similar to the ones that Mexican and 188 00:30:44,880 --> 00:30:49,799 Guatemalan and Central American children are laying in tonight they have tried to 189 00:30:49,799 --> 00:30:53,580 tell you that the barbed wire and the chain-link fences that held them were 190 00:30:53,580 --> 00:30:59,040 manufactured in the very same country you swore could never stoop so low they 191 00:30:59,040 --> 00:31:04,669 try to tell you that their internment was in the name of America first then to 192 00:31:04,669 --> 00:31:09,270 LGBTQ people who are excommunicated from their houses of worship have been 193 00:31:09,270 --> 00:31:14,640 pleading with you to know that this is who we've been for centuries that every 194 00:31:14,640 --> 00:31:19,080 time we force entire groups of people into the shadows just because who they 195 00:31:19,080 --> 00:31:23,600 love or who they don't love or how they identify their own gender as 196 00:31:23,600 --> 00:31:28,910 we get a right to that definition we showed ourselves to be exactly who we 197 00:31:28,910 --> 00:31:34,700 are the separating families emotionally by telling parents they can no longer 198 00:31:34,700 --> 00:31:38,330 speak to their children are telling children that their parents are a sinful 199 00:31:38,330 --> 00:31:43,970 abomination is not far removed from separating a family physically the 200 00:31:43,970 --> 00:31:48,559 families of incarcerated men women and non-binary people have been begging you 201 00:31:48,559 --> 00:31:53,960 to see that criminalizing humanity and separating families has been American 202 00:31:53,960 --> 00:32:04,520 since America became America they are begging you they are begging us to see 203 00:32:04,520 --> 00:32:09,470 that the woes of cash bail declare people guilty until proven innocent and 204 00:32:09,470 --> 00:32:13,970 separate families before trials had even begun or a conviction has even been 205 00:32:13,970 --> 00:32:19,250 handed down that the so-called war on drugs was really just a war on poor 206 00:32:19,250 --> 00:32:23,510 people until the opioid addicts were white and rural and the weed dealers 207 00:32:23,510 --> 00:32:26,500 were wait in urban 208 00:32:29,030 --> 00:32:34,170 they've been trying to tell us that everyday in America people are tossed in 209 00:32:34,170 --> 00:32:38,070 jail just for being black or brown and giving no hope of pleading amnesty 210 00:32:38,070 --> 00:32:42,780 either tax cuts for the wealthy the raiding a farm bill that keep children 211 00:32:42,780 --> 00:32:47,700 fed the criminalization of poverty the environmental racism that has left flit 212 00:32:47,700 --> 00:32:53,310 without clean water for thousands of days the shame heaped upon transgender 213 00:32:53,310 --> 00:32:55,440 children who just want to use the bathroom 214 00:32:55,440 --> 00:32:59,970 the Islamophobia that burns mosques the anti-semitism that destroys burial 215 00:32:59,970 --> 00:33:04,470 grounds the hatred for in digit the indigenous that cons the faces of 216 00:33:04,470 --> 00:33:09,480 oppressive presidents into their sacred Hills the constant degradation of black 217 00:33:09,480 --> 00:33:15,000 women and women of color the economic injustice that predicts let next people 218 00:33:15,000 --> 00:33:19,770 will have zero wealth in 55 years and black people will have zero wealth in 35 219 00:33:19,770 --> 00:33:24,360 short years the criminalization of migration and the separating of families 220 00:33:24,360 --> 00:33:31,770 all of that is who we have always been and they have are manifestations of who 221 00:33:31,770 --> 00:33:39,330 we are some of us knew that this is exactly what we could expect some of us 222 00:33:39,330 --> 00:33:44,460 have a very different spirit of expectancy we expect the harm we expect 223 00:33:44,460 --> 00:33:48,930 the hurt we expect to have to resist we have been resisting before it was 224 00:33:48,930 --> 00:33:56,130 popular and before this administration came in office we expect resistance to 225 00:33:56,130 --> 00:34:02,370 our resistance backlash to our audacious some how radical demand to simply be 226 00:34:02,370 --> 00:34:09,570 free we expect to be complimented for our resilience because too often the 227 00:34:09,570 --> 00:34:14,490 very people and systems who reward our success will only ever allow it to be 228 00:34:14,490 --> 00:34:19,740 measured by the very oppression those people and systems subjected us to we 229 00:34:19,740 --> 00:34:26,040 expect supremacy and privilege to always Center themselves sometimes we let our 230 00:34:26,040 --> 00:34:30,629 expectations change sometimes we let them shift sometimes we let ourselves 231 00:34:30,629 --> 00:34:34,950 think the Darren Wilson's will be charged for killing the Michael Browns 232 00:34:34,950 --> 00:34:39,169 though we hardly ever let ourselves expect for them to be convicted 233 00:34:39,169 --> 00:34:42,760 sometimes we let our selves expect not to have to code 234 00:34:42,760 --> 00:34:47,440 switch and our new mixed-race surroundings that we won't have to 235 00:34:47,440 --> 00:34:52,960 pretend to be fine that we won't have to pretend to be someone else sometimes our 236 00:34:52,960 --> 00:34:58,000 spirit of expectancy even lets us think that eight years of an imperfect of a 237 00:34:58,000 --> 00:35:01,930 comparatively progressive black world leader would lead us closer to 238 00:35:01,930 --> 00:35:06,280 collective freedom and not be met with outright rejection of that ideal just 239 00:35:06,280 --> 00:35:15,150 one election later there is punishment for having such high expectations though 240 00:35:15,150 --> 00:35:19,599 most often we are met with a deep disappointment for having the 241 00:35:19,599 --> 00:35:24,640 unmitigated gall to expect our country to treat us like human beings and our 242 00:35:24,640 --> 00:35:31,119 continual oppression ridicules us for ever having the audacity to believe how 243 00:35:31,119 --> 00:35:35,740 dare we expect this country to treat us like our ancestors built this land with 244 00:35:35,740 --> 00:35:40,059 their bare hands for free and we are owed their inheritance how dare you 245 00:35:40,059 --> 00:35:43,750 expect your country to see your circumstance and want to preserve your 246 00:35:43,750 --> 00:35:48,730 health care how dare you expect your country to care that your labor fails to 247 00:35:48,730 --> 00:35:55,869 pay you a living sustainable humane wage many of us are reminded that every time 248 00:35:55,869 --> 00:36:01,589 we shift that spirit of expectancy to expect more to expect better to expect 249 00:36:01,589 --> 00:36:08,410 something to honor our humanity we are reminded that we were silly to even have 250 00:36:08,410 --> 00:36:14,740 had the thought to ever dream of equity of freedom of inclusion and those 251 00:36:14,740 --> 00:36:20,020 messages aren't just sent by our officials our fight isn't just with the 252 00:36:20,020 --> 00:36:23,980 large and amorphous systems and structures that conspire to oppress 253 00:36:23,980 --> 00:36:29,170 people those messages of hatred and exclusion and inhumanity don't just come 254 00:36:29,170 --> 00:36:35,260 from the Statehouse or the White House alone no no some of those messages come 255 00:36:35,260 --> 00:36:43,240 from us yeah us you those of us who think we are better than or to good for 256 00:36:43,240 --> 00:36:48,490 to enlighten to be like then I don't know if you came here expecting to hear 257 00:36:48,490 --> 00:36:51,550 a good anti-trump sermon and be let off the hook if you did you call 258 00:36:51,550 --> 00:37:05,410 the wrong one sorry Robin Susan my calling I have discovered is to speak 259 00:37:05,410 --> 00:37:12,520 and teach truth to move people to act I can't help it truth gets all shut up in 260 00:37:12,520 --> 00:37:17,830 my bones and it has to have a divine release otherwise I'm not meeting my own 261 00:37:17,830 --> 00:37:24,100 expectations my communities or my creators see the truth is that too often 262 00:37:24,100 --> 00:37:29,140 the idea that marginalized people cannot and should not expect to be fully and 263 00:37:29,140 --> 00:37:34,480 sincerely included in the fabric of our communities is often reinforced by each 264 00:37:34,480 --> 00:37:42,250 of us by what we say by what we don't say by where we show up by where we 265 00:37:42,250 --> 00:37:50,340 don't show up but who we defend but who we punish by the side on which we stand 266 00:37:50,340 --> 00:37:56,610 by the excuses we make for ourselves and the excuses we won't allow from others 267 00:37:56,610 --> 00:38:02,770 by the changes we make room for by the end for by the evolutions we deemed too 268 00:38:02,770 --> 00:38:08,770 fast too revolutionary or too soon we get those indications by the people we 269 00:38:08,770 --> 00:38:14,980 elevate and by the people we reject by the movements we call devices by the 270 00:38:14,980 --> 00:38:20,800 pace we want to set for the freedom of others by the individual actions we take 271 00:38:20,800 --> 00:38:27,550 to either disrupt or uphold the systems that harm us all of those moments all of 272 00:38:27,550 --> 00:38:31,960 those choices and more its hell marginalized people exactly what we 273 00:38:31,960 --> 00:38:36,460 think of their humanity their dignity and their daring each of those choices 274 00:38:36,460 --> 00:38:41,350 tells me exactly what you think of my expectations each one of those moments 275 00:38:41,350 --> 00:38:46,630 of action or inaction tells me precisely what you think of my right to have any 276 00:38:46,630 --> 00:38:51,910 expectations at all think of Antoine think of him while he 277 00:38:51,910 --> 00:38:57,340 was alive what did you tell him by his whether you think of his dreams by the 278 00:38:57,340 --> 00:39:01,740 way that you lived what did you tell him that you think of him 279 00:39:01,740 --> 00:39:08,910 personhood by the way that you loved think of shaquiesha Clemens assaulted by 280 00:39:08,910 --> 00:39:13,170 police officers in Saraland Alabama simply for asking for the corporate 281 00:39:13,170 --> 00:39:18,960 number to a Waffle House shaquiesha expected good service well 282 00:39:18,960 --> 00:39:23,609 she got in return was suspicion presumption of guilt what she got was 283 00:39:23,609 --> 00:39:28,650 thrown down to the floor of a dirty diner disrobed in front of a crowd full 284 00:39:28,650 --> 00:39:32,070 of white diners who kept eating their bacon and charged with disorderly 285 00:39:32,070 --> 00:39:37,800 conduct and resisting arrest for her own beating charges would still have not 286 00:39:37,800 --> 00:39:42,660 been dropped when I spoke to shaquiesha just yesterday she told me she was 287 00:39:42,660 --> 00:39:47,520 having a rough week she told me that no one was paying attention and that few 288 00:39:47,520 --> 00:39:51,900 care she said Waffle House seems to be just fine treating her like an animal 289 00:39:51,900 --> 00:39:57,150 and collecting money from their proud patrons what have you shown shaquiesha 290 00:39:57,150 --> 00:40:02,390 but her about her fundamental expectation of safety by where you dine 291 00:40:02,390 --> 00:40:08,160 what have we told shaquiesha about her expectations to live a dignified life by 292 00:40:08,160 --> 00:40:17,490 which marches we do and don't show up for a we treat or donate to now I gotta 293 00:40:17,490 --> 00:40:22,320 be honest and I might get a little uncomfortable even progressiveness has 294 00:40:22,320 --> 00:40:28,890 its limits even open-mindedness has a threshold the limits to our openness are 295 00:40:28,890 --> 00:40:35,220 imposed by the biases we are taught and are socialized to imposed by the comfort 296 00:40:35,220 --> 00:40:40,260 we worked hard for and what to preserve at any cost and the price of preserving 297 00:40:40,260 --> 00:40:44,520 that comfort becomes something we're more willing to pay the older we get sir 298 00:40:44,520 --> 00:40:48,510 the more dependence we have or the more accouterments we have that are tied to 299 00:40:48,510 --> 00:40:54,330 our self-esteem even for those of us who count ourselves among the progressive 300 00:40:54,330 --> 00:40:59,760 and open-minded supremacy can creep up on us unwittingly lulling us back to 301 00:40:59,760 --> 00:41:06,020 sleep when we committed to staying woke and we won't even realize we're asleep 302 00:41:06,020 --> 00:41:10,770 because the crowds the masses they'll agree with us 303 00:41:10,770 --> 00:41:15,900 they'll support your myopic perspective and never interrogate your intentions 304 00:41:15,900 --> 00:41:21,990 why because they're asleep to the white clergy who banded together to write dr. 305 00:41:21,990 --> 00:41:26,580 King that letter in Alabama I'm sure all thought they were on the right side of 306 00:41:26,580 --> 00:41:31,350 history they didn't want civil rights to never come they just didn't want it to 307 00:41:31,350 --> 00:41:36,720 come right now they didn't want the social order never to be disrupted they 308 00:41:36,720 --> 00:41:40,890 just wanted it to happen a short digestible burst instead of all at once 309 00:41:40,890 --> 00:41:44,640 as if integrated buses and lunch counters were all at once 310 00:41:44,640 --> 00:41:51,360 as if as if we were moving too fast I'm very sure that those clergy spoke of 311 00:41:51,360 --> 00:41:55,890 love and preached acceptance and may have even given their black housekeepers 312 00:41:55,890 --> 00:42:00,750 a decent Christmas bonus they may have donated to progressive candidates and 313 00:42:00,750 --> 00:42:04,770 put all the right bumper stickers on their cars and never ever contemplated 314 00:42:04,770 --> 00:42:10,170 joining a white Citizens Council but in their comfort and in their complacency 315 00:42:10,170 --> 00:42:15,390 in their sleepiness they confirmed one another's biases in their echo-chamber 316 00:42:15,390 --> 00:42:20,790 and said about putting a grown educated black man in his place attempting to 317 00:42:20,790 --> 00:42:26,910 slow him down and chastise his effort I was once in a group where we led read 318 00:42:26,910 --> 00:42:30,960 the letter from a Birmingham jail dr. King's response of course to that clergy 319 00:42:30,960 --> 00:42:36,270 a group of mixed-race multi aged people assessed the famous text and picked 320 00:42:36,270 --> 00:42:41,790 apart the so called white moderate as dr. King described them together we 321 00:42:41,790 --> 00:42:46,350 identified that the moderate does not necessarily represent a particular 322 00:42:46,350 --> 00:42:52,020 political ideology or even a party affiliation but rather an attachment to 323 00:42:52,020 --> 00:42:58,010 the comfort of privilege and the social moderation that preserves it 324 00:43:01,000 --> 00:43:06,850 you see moderation isn't about being a Democrat or a Republican it's about 325 00:43:06,850 --> 00:43:10,930 wanting to keep what you have even if you didn't fully earn it 326 00:43:10,930 --> 00:43:15,160 even if supremacy hopes you keep it even if other people will never have the 327 00:43:15,160 --> 00:43:20,950 chance to have it it is a hoarding of benefits because it is rooted in a model 328 00:43:20,950 --> 00:43:30,040 of scarcity and not the abundance our faith tells us to live in it assumes 329 00:43:30,040 --> 00:43:34,930 that if you have I can't have any and by this definition progressives can be 330 00:43:34,930 --> 00:43:39,040 moderates straight allies can be moderates temporarily able-bodied 331 00:43:39,040 --> 00:43:43,960 Democrats can be moderates well-intentioned loving people can be 332 00:43:43,960 --> 00:43:50,440 moderates as a group we agreed and understood this to be true and not a day 333 00:43:50,440 --> 00:43:54,520 later after a race-based incident was brought forward to the 334 00:43:54,520 --> 00:44:00,150 group that I watched nearly half of the group become the moderates themselves 335 00:44:00,150 --> 00:44:04,680 maybe the conversation should have been handled amongst yourselves they said 336 00:44:04,680 --> 00:44:10,180 instead of bringing it to the entire community what happened is it is it 337 00:44:10,180 --> 00:44:14,140 really that big of a deal you know I've been through similar and I've gotten 338 00:44:14,140 --> 00:44:18,520 through it they said you're dividing us further by even bringing up what was 339 00:44:18,520 --> 00:44:23,590 done to you by even talking about the problem I don't really think she meant 340 00:44:23,590 --> 00:44:27,280 it that way they said let's let's take care of it another time they said slowly 341 00:44:27,280 --> 00:44:35,130 but very surely the very moderates they derided they became one day later you 342 00:44:35,130 --> 00:44:41,050 see the comfort of privilege is seductive it sneaks up on you 343 00:44:41,050 --> 00:44:44,680 unrelenting in its mission to put you back to sleep 344 00:44:44,680 --> 00:44:50,320 supremacy is so normative that you may not even know when you are living to 345 00:44:50,320 --> 00:44:55,360 perpetuate it and let us be clear the moderate is not always white straight 346 00:44:55,360 --> 00:45:01,630 cis or male sometimes even those of us who possess marginalized identities 347 00:45:01,630 --> 00:45:05,800 become so comfortable with our individual accomplishments that we 348 00:45:05,800 --> 00:45:11,219 forget the struggle of the collective we become too attached to the creature 349 00:45:11,219 --> 00:45:16,439 comforts of privilege when in fact no amount of proximity to or a performance 350 00:45:16,439 --> 00:45:24,299 of whiteness straightness or maleness will save us with these delusions they 351 00:45:24,299 --> 00:45:27,959 convince the opposition that if the rest of y'all were just a little bit more 352 00:45:27,959 --> 00:45:31,920 like Kanye a little bit more like Milo a little bit more like Phyllis Schlafly 353 00:45:31,920 --> 00:45:39,150 Big Al would all be fine you need your need for approval gives them permission 354 00:45:39,150 --> 00:45:44,819 to tell us that our pain is imagined and that our oppression isn't real moderates 355 00:45:44,819 --> 00:45:50,160 come in many many forms but like dr. King I am convinced that privileged 356 00:45:50,160 --> 00:45:55,049 moderates of any identity are more of a threat to freedom than any fringe hate 357 00:45:55,049 --> 00:46:04,949 group it is absolutely our collective responsibility to create the world in 358 00:46:04,949 --> 00:46:10,880 which we want to live and also the burden of that work varies in degree 359 00:46:10,880 --> 00:46:16,410 depending on the intersection of your privilege the more you benefit from 360 00:46:16,410 --> 00:46:22,729 supremacy the more responsible you have to be to dismantle it 361 00:46:26,820 --> 00:46:32,110 now when I began I shared that I knew each of you came with the spirit of 362 00:46:32,110 --> 00:46:36,850 expectancy about me my words and my presence here tonight but there is a 363 00:46:36,850 --> 00:46:43,120 spirit of expectancy that each of your neighbors here has of you you exist in 364 00:46:43,120 --> 00:46:49,390 community with them every day every week do you know what they expect of you do 365 00:46:49,390 --> 00:46:54,190 you know if their expectations are high perhaps because you deem them deserving 366 00:46:54,190 --> 00:46:58,720 of love acceptance and support or do they have low expectations of how you 367 00:46:58,720 --> 00:47:04,630 live and how you love because you've given them no reason to expect more have 368 00:47:04,630 --> 00:47:09,310 you given them reason to trust you a little or can they raise their 369 00:47:09,310 --> 00:47:15,850 expectations of you we can be so busy taking action on bearing witness to and 370 00:47:15,850 --> 00:47:20,800 feeling compelled by the world ills that we neglect the ills of our own community 371 00:47:20,800 --> 00:47:27,220 our neighbors our friends our family in the face while you March for the next 372 00:47:27,220 --> 00:47:31,260 victim of gun violence have you already killed your neighbor with your words 373 00:47:31,260 --> 00:47:37,930 when you donate to help save healthcare ask yourself is your own house well have 374 00:47:37,930 --> 00:47:43,300 you listened to the black and brown you euros expectations for exactly how you 375 00:47:43,300 --> 00:47:49,150 show up do you know how they want you to fight back this thing called white 376 00:47:49,150 --> 00:47:54,280 supremacy do you know that they expect to be able to show up everywhere as 377 00:47:54,280 --> 00:48:01,450 their full selves did you even know they weren't do you know if they want you to 378 00:48:01,450 --> 00:48:05,980 show up as an ally or as an accomplice because I'm guessing that it's the 379 00:48:05,980 --> 00:48:11,470 latter you see an ally tends to be self congratulating they tend to be a 380 00:48:11,470 --> 00:48:15,460 temporary presence that makes us sometimes effort for something they 381 00:48:15,460 --> 00:48:21,070 sometimes care about sometimes an ally shows up sometimes they don't sometimes 382 00:48:21,070 --> 00:48:26,080 an allied listens sometimes they paternal eyes sometimes an ally takes 383 00:48:26,080 --> 00:48:31,720 action sometimes and now I just talks about taking action accomplices on the 384 00:48:31,720 --> 00:48:36,430 other hand choose the risk even when they don't have to they're willing to 385 00:48:36,430 --> 00:48:38,880 lay bodies and their reputations and their 386 00:48:38,880 --> 00:48:43,950 security on the line because they know that's the only way to properly leverage 387 00:48:43,950 --> 00:48:49,200 their privileged accomplices stick around accomplices are in it for the 388 00:48:49,200 --> 00:48:53,880 long haul and accomplices know that black and brown folks just like any 389 00:48:53,880 --> 00:48:58,680 marginalized group of people are not lacking or deficient they are more than 390 00:48:58,680 --> 00:49:03,750 enough they know that black and brown people do not need to be empowered 391 00:49:03,750 --> 00:49:14,730 because they are already powerful rather they need you to practice the Solidarity 392 00:49:14,730 --> 00:49:20,730 that you preach do you know what your fellow black and brown uu members expect 393 00:49:20,730 --> 00:49:27,030 of you do you know if you've met their expectations do you know that standing 394 00:49:27,030 --> 00:49:33,290 with the oppressed is not to save them but to save yourself 395 00:49:37,080 --> 00:49:42,810 do you know what your LGBTQ fellow uu as expected you do you know what your 396 00:49:42,810 --> 00:49:47,460 disabled family members expect of you have you inquired as to what the women 397 00:49:47,460 --> 00:49:52,500 in your life expect from you do you know that you need to meet their expectations 398 00:49:52,500 --> 00:49:58,430 not because they need your help but because you aren't free is they eight 399 00:49:59,570 --> 00:50:05,730 you know at work you asked our manager every day every week every quarter 400 00:50:05,730 --> 00:50:10,320 exactly what they expect of you and then you break your back to meet or exceed 401 00:50:10,320 --> 00:50:16,430 those very expectations in exchange for a paycheck why not ask your community 402 00:50:16,430 --> 00:50:21,690 every day every week every quarter exactly what they expect of you and use 403 00:50:21,690 --> 00:50:25,140 everything you've got to meet or exceed those very 404 00:50:25,140 --> 00:50:30,050 expectations in exchange for justice 405 00:50:31,910 --> 00:50:39,270 this is our work and I promise you it pays the very best dividends perhaps 406 00:50:39,270 --> 00:50:43,440 you've asked perhaps you are striving every day to meet and exceed those 407 00:50:43,440 --> 00:50:48,270 expectations for the sake of something bigger than you perhaps you're as close 408 00:50:48,270 --> 00:50:55,830 to perfect as a human can be but if you're anything like me you must ask 409 00:50:55,830 --> 00:51:02,280 this question constantly of all you are in relationship with my privileges and 410 00:51:02,280 --> 00:51:07,890 my platform demand that I asked my LGBTQ family the disabled members of my 411 00:51:07,890 --> 00:51:12,180 community the people of other colors that I love the young people I hold dear 412 00:51:12,180 --> 00:51:19,410 what do you expect of me and how do I meet your expectations I am NOT being 413 00:51:19,410 --> 00:51:27,870 figurative I am being literal and no matter how big or public or harmful my 414 00:51:27,870 --> 00:51:32,730 misstep or my mistake if it means I failed to meet my expectations then it 415 00:51:32,730 --> 00:51:38,910 is my job to humble myself and do better I cannot expect people to give me grace 416 00:51:38,910 --> 00:51:43,430 where I have not taken responsibility 417 00:51:46,380 --> 00:51:50,940 now now I'm not here to blame or shame you I'm not telling you anything that I 418 00:51:50,940 --> 00:51:55,320 don't tell myself I'm not saying anything that I don't or won't or 419 00:51:55,320 --> 00:52:00,980 haven't said in any other room I am NOT calling you out I'm calling you in I'm 420 00:52:00,980 --> 00:52:08,370 calling you in to the divine union of love and power this single concept that 421 00:52:08,370 --> 00:52:13,110 I learned from King Ian's principles is the key to how we meet and exceed the 422 00:52:13,110 --> 00:52:18,150 expectations that get us ever closer to freedom I'm not inviting you into a 423 00:52:18,150 --> 00:52:23,460 catchy slogan or even a hashtag I'm not inviting you into the kind of anemic 424 00:52:23,460 --> 00:52:30,360 love that is sentimental and useless that kind of love lacks power I'm not 425 00:52:30,360 --> 00:52:35,250 calling you into the kind of power that is uncaring and abusive that kind of 426 00:52:35,250 --> 00:52:42,360 power lacks love I am calling you into the divine union of love and power it is 427 00:52:42,360 --> 00:52:47,580 a union that allows love to be powerful enough to take on systems and not just 428 00:52:47,580 --> 00:52:51,120 individuals it gives love the audacity to seek 429 00:52:51,120 --> 00:52:56,100 justice swiftly and not merely incremental II it is a union that allows 430 00:52:56,100 --> 00:53:01,080 power to be informed by love and disrupt all that stands in the way of freedom I 431 00:53:01,080 --> 00:53:07,710 am calling you in it to family and Beloved Community with one another the 432 00:53:07,710 --> 00:53:11,580 beauty in this is that we don't have to wait to practice the divine union of 433 00:53:11,580 --> 00:53:16,110 love and power until we get out there because we can be practitioners of love 434 00:53:16,110 --> 00:53:19,430 and power right here 435 00:53:24,150 --> 00:53:29,940 it is popular to ask people what they would have done during the civil rights 436 00:53:29,940 --> 00:53:34,559 movement what they would have done during the Holocaust what change you'd 437 00:53:34,559 --> 00:53:38,730 make if you were a president for a day but you don't have to ask yourself what 438 00:53:38,730 --> 00:53:43,109 you would have done during times of uncertainty distress and injustice you 439 00:53:43,109 --> 00:53:49,829 are living in them you have always been you don't need to ask yourself what you 440 00:53:49,829 --> 00:53:54,329 would do if you ever have the power you have the power now and you've always had 441 00:53:54,329 --> 00:54:00,150 it your power is not defined by a title it is not defined by your willingness to 442 00:54:00,150 --> 00:54:03,000 live in alignment it's or it is defined by your 443 00:54:03,000 --> 00:54:08,250 willingness to live in alignment with the purpose bigger than yourself we are 444 00:54:08,250 --> 00:54:12,779 called to make the world better each and every one of us we bear that 445 00:54:12,779 --> 00:54:17,160 responsibility in exchange for our inhabitants on this earth whether we 446 00:54:17,160 --> 00:54:22,920 accept it or not and your privilege your privilege increases your duty whether 447 00:54:22,920 --> 00:54:29,039 you accept it or not and whether it is with one child or your single family 448 00:54:29,039 --> 00:54:34,289 householder with entire congregations your power is waiting on you to pick it 449 00:54:34,289 --> 00:54:41,069 up and form it with love and expectancy and work now this may be the time to 450 00:54:41,069 --> 00:54:46,500 some of you all have tuned out some of you may have decided as is human nature 451 00:54:46,500 --> 00:54:52,410 that this part doesn't apply to you maybe that none of us none of this 452 00:54:52,410 --> 00:54:57,029 applies to any of us or to you you donate to black lives of uuu March for 453 00:54:57,029 --> 00:55:00,859 your local issues you can't be prejudiced racist sexist or homophobic 454 00:55:00,859 --> 00:55:05,510 after all you belong to this face 455 00:55:06,779 --> 00:55:11,279 you don't carry pitchforks then March with the Charlottesville gang you don't 456 00:55:11,279 --> 00:55:15,209 vote for trumping you started the women's March chapter in your city you 457 00:55:15,209 --> 00:55:20,009 are a good person with good intentions and you love everyone and your tax 458 00:55:20,009 --> 00:55:28,769 returns prove it but I challenge you I charge you if here is where your tuned 459 00:55:28,769 --> 00:55:33,359 out to this is precisely and exactly the time to tune in 460 00:55:33,359 --> 00:55:38,819 do you love people of color or do you tolerate us as long as we aren't too 461 00:55:38,819 --> 00:55:43,979 disruptive to your agenda do you love LGBTQ people or do you only 462 00:55:43,979 --> 00:55:48,989 love the cis white male ones and forget the L the B the T and the Q especially 463 00:55:48,989 --> 00:55:54,929 the ones of color in your friends do you reflect the culture of your congregation 464 00:55:54,929 --> 00:56:00,029 in your leadership or do you check boxes and fill quotas I am here to tell you 465 00:56:00,029 --> 00:56:04,529 that you do not have to be an active white supremacist to benefit from white 466 00:56:04,529 --> 00:56:08,729 supremacy anymore that you have to be a misogynist to still benefit from the 467 00:56:08,729 --> 00:56:14,119 patriarchy or a homophobe to still benefit from straight privilege 468 00:56:18,520 --> 00:56:26,950 it is not enough just to not be a racist we must expect ourselves and one another 469 00:56:26,950 --> 00:56:34,210 to be actively anti-racist it is not enough to not be sexist we must expect 470 00:56:34,210 --> 00:56:38,560 ourselves to be intentionally and consistently disruptive of gender 471 00:56:38,560 --> 00:56:44,320 discrimination it is not enough to not be a transform we must expect ourselves 472 00:56:44,320 --> 00:56:48,790 to be as obsessed with supporting the achievement of justice for trans people 473 00:56:48,790 --> 00:56:54,929 across the globe as we are with our own 474 00:56:57,150 --> 00:57:02,069 now when I was asked here to come and discuss with you all I was asked to come 475 00:57:02,069 --> 00:57:06,390 and discuss in part how this body can help dismantle white supremacy and I 476 00:57:06,390 --> 00:57:11,069 apologize in advance I do not have a deck or a step-by-step program to give 477 00:57:11,069 --> 00:57:18,499 you we together are busy trying to create a new world as we build it I 478 00:57:18,499 --> 00:57:23,130 don't know what it can look like any more than you do and I know as well as 479 00:57:23,130 --> 00:57:28,619 you do that there is nothing simple about its dismantling I had no single 480 00:57:28,619 --> 00:57:32,759 task to ask of you nor do I have instructions exclusively for your 481 00:57:32,759 --> 00:57:37,499 ordained leadership don't look to Reverend Susan to do all this this is 482 00:57:37,499 --> 00:57:44,599 all of our job and it will be hard it will require the intentional consistent 483 00:57:44,599 --> 00:57:50,400 proximate attention to your practice your ministry and your life not just 484 00:57:50,400 --> 00:57:56,519 today and not just tomorrow when you're on that ga high but every day even and 485 00:57:56,519 --> 00:57:59,630 especially on the days when you don't feel like it 486 00:57:59,630 --> 00:58:05,819 ask yourself after every sermon you write after every song you play after 487 00:58:05,819 --> 00:58:10,589 every post you share every donation you make every strategic plan you write 488 00:58:10,589 --> 00:58:16,349 every higher you do every cause you pick up every bit of attention you seek ask 489 00:58:16,349 --> 00:58:21,059 yourself after every piece of knowledge you share every lesson you teach every 490 00:58:21,059 --> 00:58:27,660 word you speak and every action you take did I just uphold supremacy or did I do 491 00:58:27,660 --> 00:58:31,460 my part in its destruction 492 00:58:35,230 --> 00:58:40,630 if you can't answer for sure every single time then there is work to be 493 00:58:40,630 --> 00:58:45,609 done if you think you are owed something in exchange for your goodness then there 494 00:58:45,609 --> 00:58:49,930 is work to be done if you think you are absolved of your continual 495 00:58:49,930 --> 00:58:53,320 responsibility because you worked on one day and not the rest of the days and 496 00:58:53,320 --> 00:58:59,260 there is work to be done it is time to read more listen more ask more and try 497 00:58:59,260 --> 00:59:05,079 again until the answer is more yes than it is no and until you are more sure 498 00:59:05,079 --> 00:59:14,280 than you are not and this this is the most important part build something new 499 00:59:14,280 --> 00:59:20,490 our myopic view of revolution is currently centered in destruction alone 500 00:59:20,490 --> 00:59:25,000 destruction of systems and structures and our moded status quos that were 501 00:59:25,000 --> 00:59:30,970 never meant to serve all people well the tearing down is sexy but the freedom 502 00:59:30,970 --> 00:59:34,260 comes in the building 503 00:59:37,210 --> 00:59:42,339 if we only battle and we never build we will still be left on this patch of the 504 00:59:42,339 --> 00:59:47,200 universe to live with one another amongst the rubble your home should be 505 00:59:47,200 --> 00:59:50,559 different because of your work your churches should be more inclusive 506 00:59:50,559 --> 00:59:55,270 because of your labor no one should be afraid to be themselves in your presence 507 00:59:55,270 --> 00:59:59,950 and your friendships should be more rooted because of your sacrifice people 508 00:59:59,950 --> 01:00:04,300 should be able to be their full authentic selves in any place you lead 509 01:00:04,300 --> 01:00:08,920 or inhabit because of your learning knowledge without action is a tree that 510 01:00:08,920 --> 01:00:17,470 bears no fruit and takes a groom that could be used for something good I dare 511 01:00:17,470 --> 01:00:22,660 you to shift your spirit of expectancy about what this world can be by 512 01:00:22,660 --> 01:00:28,599 expecting the change to come from you I dare you to shift the spirit of 513 01:00:28,599 --> 01:00:32,800 expectancy if you're a marginalized labour by giving them good reason to 514 01:00:32,800 --> 01:00:38,380 trust and believe you will meet and exceed what they expect I dare you to 515 01:00:38,380 --> 01:00:42,819 resist the urge to do this work because you want to save do it because you want 516 01:00:42,819 --> 01:00:48,490 to serve I dare you to admonish to save your complex and strive to do what Lilla 517 01:00:48,490 --> 01:00:53,079 watson said and work together because you know our fates are bound up with one 518 01:00:53,079 --> 01:01:02,530 another's I leave you with this spirit of expectancy with high expectations for 519 01:01:02,530 --> 01:01:08,049 this body to demonstrate a love and power after which the rest of us can 520 01:01:08,049 --> 01:01:13,630 model our own with expectations about what we are provoked not just the sink 521 01:01:13,630 --> 01:01:19,059 but to do on this day and every day knowing that antoine rose and shaquiesha 522 01:01:19,059 --> 01:01:25,049 Clemens and Michael Brown require us to come as one but to stand as 10,000 I 523 01:01:25,049 --> 01:01:31,299 leave you with a spirit of expectancy that we will berth together this thing 524 01:01:31,299 --> 01:03:07,380 called freedom right here and right now god bless you let's get free 525 01:03:10,609 --> 01:03:18,359 my heart feels full and challenged deep in my soul deep in my heart may we carry 526 01:03:18,359 --> 01:03:28,020 this challenge this call and remind - and the reminder that we are all in this and we 527 01:03:28,020 --> 01:03:31,980 are all have the responsibility to dismantle these structures of white 528 01:03:31,980 --> 01:03:39,930 supremacy feel our love brittany i love and our prayers for your safety and your 529 01:03:39,930 --> 01:03:49,710 soul strength and your vision to carry you to carry the work you do and may we 530 01:03:49,710 --> 01:03:55,680 be partners in this work and good and faithful accomplices in this work 531 01:03:55,680 --> 01:04:40,699 alright - show some more love!