This has been a year distinguished by many events, including social unrest and protests against racial violence. A strong critique has been raised over how the demonstrations are carried out. Some call them riots, though the incidents of any violence have been at a small percentage of protests and even then, sometimes provably initiated by those who oppose the protest.
Martin Luther King Jr. once said, in another time of unrest over racial injustice:
And I contend that the cry of ‘black power’ is, at bottom, a reaction to the reluctance of white power to make the kind of changes necessary to make justice a reality for the Negro. I think that we’ve got to see that a riot is the language of the unheard. And, what is it that America has failed to hear?
Why are some people more concerned over the damage to property and violence at some protests, than about the injustices that bring people to the streets? Whose voices are we listening to? Who do we assume has the right to speak and be heard? What is our job as listeners in this time?
Jone Johnson Lewis, Leader of the Society, will reflect on how we can react most ethically to social unrest and injustice.
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Program begins at 11:00 a.m, with gathering time until about 11:10.
Our Ethics Matters theme for October is Deep Listening.
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