Entries by Tanya Douglas

Day 11: Lord, Who is My Enemy?

African Americans are intimately familiar with the directive from Jesus to love our enemies. Oftentimes, we ask: “Lord, who is my enemy?” This happens in both the best and worst of times. Right now we have an African American president, black and brown Supreme Court justices, and black and brown CEOs. But it is also an era of increased racial discrimination: unwarranted stop and frisks of young people of color by the police, and morally unjustified police killings of young men of color, women, and even innocent children. Furthermore, black and brown people are often incarcerated for offenses that actually warrant medical treatment, not imprisonment—in many cases leading to a lifetime of disenfranchisement—never being able to vote, apply for good government jobs, or secure affordable housing.