On Love and Lynching: Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith Blogs at “Candid Observations”

@ASoulAFire @JaniceOCG For dose of truth, see @cassady2euca blog Candid Observations. Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith is live, Thurs., Jan. 20 at 8 pm ET, w/ “If America Fails?” on TWN, for our chat on cults, cultures & religion in @HandmaidsOnHulu & modern practices.

Quote from "On Tyranny," by Dr. Timothy Snyder
Quote from “On Tyranny,” by Dr. Timothy Snyder

A writer has to write, and Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith regularly conveys her thoughts and deep questions to the world as Candid Observations “Observations of what we do not want to see . . . .”

There’s lots we don’t want to see! 

In November, for example, on Kyle Rittenhouse she wrote:

“We knew from the spirit of that trial. We knew because of the rancidly racist spirit of this country that Rittenhouse would get off.”

Founded By Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith
Founded By Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith

WATCH Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith, Founder and Executive Director, Crazy Faith Ministries – LIVE – Thursday, January 20, 2022, 8 pm ET, on the TruthWorks Network YouTube channel, when she joins “If America Fails?:  The Coming Tyranny,” in discussion on Cults, Cultures and Religions in The Handmaid’s Tale, and modern American culture.

On Ahmaud Arbery:

“When we as Black people have yet another one of these cases floating around, the years of internalized trauma caused both by racialized violence and a lack of justice take their toll. The stress is almost unbearable, as is the pre-verdict anxiety. We pray- certainly we pray because that is all we have been able to do as we challenge the systemic injustice of this country which is a part of ‘who we are’ in spite of people saying that the history of our racial rot and the stench from it is not who we are. We pray, but we wonder about the presence of God. We, like Gideon about whom we read in the Hebrew scriptures, wonder where God is and to the statement that some will offer that ‘God is good,’ we lean toward asking God to clarify what God’s ‘goodness’ looks like for Black people.”

Founded By Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith
Founded By Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith

On racism among American Christians:

“Despite using the name ‘Christian’ in their goings-on, the truth is nothing that many of these people practice and ascribe to is in alignment with what Jesus the Christ taught. Jesus’ strength, or a big part of it, was his capacity to include and embrace all people. His message was that God wanted community, not chaos, and that all people were worthy of being in community. Racism and the support of white supremacy – which includes not only racism but sexism as well – was not a part of his message, not a part of the ‘Good News,’ so when I hear rabid racists declare that they are Christian, my very soul recoils. The late Rev. CT Vivian said it best, ‘You cannot be a racist and be a Christian.’”

“But this fight is exhausting. White people want a civil war; I would guess that many want Black people – and all of the immigrants of color whom they do not like – to be put ‘in their place’ and thus, ‘Make America great again.’ We as Black people move and live knowing that there is no entity that protects us – not the police, not the lawmakers (who are actually lawbreakers), and certainly not the courts. We move and love knowing that the only peg on which to hang our hope is the belief that Jesus the Christ hears us and will continue to strengthen us. Our refusal to run and crumble will only feed the rabid anger and resentment of white people, whose privilege is not enough to make them whole.”

On God:

“…I cannot stop wondering where God is!!! God wants community, not confusion. God wants us to love each other, not lynch each other, verbally, physically, or politically.  Right?”

Check it out!  — LMO

Works by Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith is an ordained minister, pastor, musician, writer, activist and mother of two, living in Columbus, OH, where she now serves as Founder and Executive Director of Crazy Faith Ministries.  This is a non-traditional church with faith ministries providing outreach and services for homeless people; services for children of incarcerated parents; and voter education and registration, among other things.  Pastor Williams Smith also leads Freedom Choir that sings songs of freedom at marches and events offering messages of social justice through music.  She previously served for 22 years as pastor of Advent United Church of Christ, also in Columbus, and maintains an interest in the relationship between politics, religion, and race.  A prolific writer and author of several books, Williams Smith began her career as a newspaper reporter in Baltimore.  Her books include Crazy Faith:  Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives (2009), and most recently, With Liberty & Justice for Some: The Bible, the Constitution, and Racism in America (2020), Dr. Williams Smith also blogs at Candid Observations and has written for the Washington Post and Huffington Post.  With a Doctorate in Ministry, she maintains leadership roles in many national and community organizations and religious networks.  — If America Fails:  The Coming Tyranny, a TruthWorks Network Production

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Published by Loga Michelle Odom @Odomanian

Founder/Host, Reading Changes Lives; Former Senior Producer, OUR COMMON GROUND Media / TruthWorks Network / If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny

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