There has been much discussion in the news about the monuments to confederate soldiers and leaders. I think this is an opportunity. This is an opportunity to build new monuments. Monuments to those whose history has been ignored and suppressed. Monuments of bridge- builders and peacemakers, monuments to people of color, the diversity of the rainbow who made life better and more whole for everyone. Monuments to people in Beaverton’s own history who built bridges and homes of peace.
Privilege, simply put, means there is work to do. If we don’t learn the ways we are privileged, check our privilege, and use our privilege to enact change, then we perpetuate an unjust and unfair society.
Some people have stepped up. White people get involved in Black Lives Matter. Straight people get involved in gay rights. Cisgender people fight for transgender rights and awareness. You get the idea.
Ecclesiastes and Job offer a minority view to the covenants and theology of the Law and the Prophets. It is a minority view that challenges the majority view that life has a plan and a purpose. The minority view says, “Probably not.”