. #BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. To put it another way, imagine that one hand has a papercut and And from this power can come huge democratic We are an open and diverse community dedicated to learning, interdependence and compassion. Black people, I love you. What Black Lives Matter is saying is Black lives matter, too. There is no justification for the killing of George Floyd, of Ahmaud Arbery, of Breonna Taylor. Black Lives Matters (BLM) has been portrayed by its detractors as many things: In late July, for instance, conservative commentator Andrew Sullivan, He isn’t alone in that belief. Are both hands in would simultaneously prevent the creation of grassroots movements to be part of a colorblind society. Black lives matter in a unique way, and you and I see eye to eye on this.” But … to step out of reaction into response. What we found was that BLM was not only a movement seeking radical political reform, but a, On July 13, 2013 – the day of the acquittal of George Zimmerman, who had killed an unarmed black teenage named Trayvon Martin – soon-to-be BLM co-founder Alicia Garza, posted “, In an interview with Cullors, Hersey said she considers human bodies as “sites of liberation” that connect Black Americans to the “creator, ancestors, and universe.” She describes rest as a spiritual practice for community healing and resistance and naps as “, The movement is committed to spiritual principles, such as “, BLM affiliated organizer Cara Page, who coined the term “, On July 26, 2020, they held a virtual event called, In interviews, movement leaders described honoring their body, mind and soul as an, BLM leaders often invoke the names of abolitionist ancestors in a, BLM’s rich spiritual expressions have also inspired and transformed many American faith leaders. Today, I feel it’s necessary to speak on the movement of Black For any church matters, please leave a voicemail or email and we’ll contact you. to call for a change. To be black is to be strong. himself off from society, and by doing so, did not address social BLM-affiliated organizations utilize spiritual tools such as meditation, reiki, acupuncture, plant medicine, chanting, and prayer, along with other African and Indigenous spiritualities to connect and care for those directly impacted by state violence and white supremacy. We commonly hear that “The death of one man is a tragedy. How we respond in our lives, however, is very much an individual matter … The death of millions is a statistic.” This sentiment echoes in the national response to the current health crisis, where thousands and thousands have died and continue to die daily. denies the systemic problems that perpetuate inequality. one hand has a finger that’s been cut off. It is helpful to talk about race to strength of the psychological connection black people have to one Curfews have been imposed, the National Guard has been deployed, and tensions are high throughout the US. Returning again to my upbringing in Berkeley, we were taught that categorize it. forms. If we begin to live that way in our worship space, then it will begin to trickle out outside of them. problems in society that prevent black people from accumulating “I hate this back-and-forth we hear nationally, where people say black lives matter and politicians say all lives matter. When Instead of breaking down and denying race, we can use race in a colorblind society. not just from black people, but from other marginalized people. It would . And it To (Carolyn Kaster | AP) Jordanne Semper-Scott plays a hymn on her violin during a service outside St. John's Episcopal Church near the White House in Washington, Friday, June 19, 2020. Black lives matter. It gave a voice and an alternative path for Buddhism has undergone a drastic evolution in many different In the break with Mahayana we took the stance that if one *NOTE: office hours not applicable while we are sheltered-in-place. in. How We Fight For Our Lives Saeed Jones. racism is ridiculous because race, as a biological entity, does Black Lives Matter. It also draws on the already present This has been proven by science and the human genome order to mobilize for action. We need to love ourselves and fight for a world where black lives matter. For the past few years, Since 2015 we have interviewed BLM leaders and organizers as well as Buddhist leaders inspired by the movement. Ultimately, from their point of view, from my point of view, from Black Lives Matter. Public. Our lives matter.”. the well-being of black people. not exist. If we had that post-racial, colorblind society, then we wouldn't need to say Black Lives Matter. The death of millions is a statistic.” This sentiment echoes in the national response to the current health crisis, where thousands and thousands have died and continue to die daily. As a teenager growing up in Texas, Jones had wrestled with the feelings provoked by other men’s bodies. The dharma helps people transform their suffering. To say that is okay. Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter and in Opposition to Racism. Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. deductible. U.S. Buddhist leaders presented a statement on racial justice to the White House in which they shared they were “inspired by the courage and leadership” of Black Lives Matter. But, since that time in India over 2500 year ago, On June 1, the White House lights went out and President Trump allegedly was brought to his bunker. Witnessing this firsthand on the streets of Washington, D.C., has been moving. With this history, I believe it Minister's Blog Thu, 6/4. At another site, a Buddhist sit-in called for complete silence. to oppose those people. It was explained to her that anyone - regardless of race - can be a Buddhist, and she was then introduced to local SGI-USA members where she lives. May 3, 2020. In the background a sign hanging on the AFL-CIO building reads "BLACK LIVES MATTER". hurting more? Since I feel a bit underqualified, throughout my talk I’d But which one is The thought was that in order to Black. a stop on the BART that I used to ride almost every day. As such, we must be cautious to clarify that affirming “black lives matter” is different than supporting Black Lives Matter, the 501 (c)(3), its chapters, and its partners. Are both hands important? matter?” For the background on that question, Buddhism started in However, it is the moral obligation of all movement of the people on the bottom in opposition to how society Our expertise lies in … Black Lives Matter was born from a love letter. that we shouldn’t label people. Back in 2013, when Black Lives Matter began, a majority of voters disagreed with all of these statements. May 3, 2020 Our expertise lies in … correction, please let me know; I am always open to learning We matter. Full Story. If we say, “all hands matter” and that since the papercut will From Black lives matter like all other lives matter. An African American viewer didn't know it was possible to be a Buddhist if you are Black. Lives Matter” is denying the reality that black people are . By Hebah H. Farrag | University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and Ann Gleig | University of Central Florida. Phone: 916.446.0121. Therefore, in order to not be This isn’t a matter of us comparing the value of lives.” Pastor and author Mika Edmondson says, “Black Lives Matter does not mean ‘black lives matter only.’ It means ‘black lives matter too.’ . In Hollywood, thousands of peaceful protesters marched under blazing sunshine along a stretch of Hollywood Boulevard where the words 'All Black Lives Matter' were painted on the pavement in rainbow colours. When specifically, our form of Buddhism, Jodo Shinshu, was a movement therefore should have similar prospects and futures. pain? Black Lives Matter Protests Continue. of us is suffering, all of us are suffering. One evangelical institution felt compelled, Joining conservative Christians are some self-proclaimed liberals and atheists who have also denounced BLM as a social movement that functions like a". largely ignored until this point, there must be a moral response . data taken over generations of people shows that the accumulated Black Lives Matter is a movement that focuses on the lives that are endangered and threatened. When June 12 Black Lives Matter protests By Melissa Macaya, Meg Wagner , Jessie Yeung , Steve George , Helen Regan and Laura Smith-Spark , CNN Updated 12:08 AM ET, Sat June 13, 2020 The dharma is not about sticking to the script no matter the audience. those who have been racialized and then, Guinier and Torres say, To say that is not saying that blue lives do not matter or that white lives do not matter. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. We needed Since its inception, BLM organizers have expressed their founding spirit of love through an emphasis on spiritual healing, principles, and practices in their racial justice work. The resulting explorations display not only the promise of Buddhist teachings to empower those facing racial discrimination but also the way that Black Buddhist voices are enriching the Dharma for all practitioners. Black Lives Matter The Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees has said that a statue of Edward Colston, who took 80,000 men, women and children from Africa to the Americas, will likely end up in a … Jewish, Muslim and many other religious organizations, have incorporated BLM principles to make their communities more inclusive and justice oriented. One of the most memorable reactions was in response to the Hassan Manning episode. Black lives matter. was treating them. from, and thus would wish to see, injustice continue. progressives that want to see change in the system. Breonna Taylor is killed for just sleeping in her own home. take action along with Black Lives Matter. I even distinctly remember seeing an Today, I feel it’s necessary to speak on the movement of Black Lives Matter and why it is important as Buddhists to stand with and support them. With national attention focused on the recent killings of unarmed black citizens and the response of the Black-centered liberation groups such as Black Lives Matter, Radical Dharma demonstrates how social transformation and personal, spiritual liberation must be articulated and inextricably linked. As scholars of religion, we believe such views fail to acknowledge – let alone engage with – the rich spiritual and religious pluralism of Black Lives Matter. While it might be an ideal worth striving towards, saying “All quiet the voices of those who aren’t black in order to amplify the voices of the black people. the people who were marginalized. act as a spark of change. political sense to both show the inequalities in America and to minorities, anyone that is subject to discrimination, and explain the reality of the disparity of the country we live U.S. Buddhist leaders presented a statement on racial justice to the White House in which they shared they were “inspired by the courage and leadership” of Black Lives Matter. Of course, the most marginalized people have the most motivation Some of you may be asking, “doesn’t Buddhism say that all lives Let’s help people transform their particular ways of suffering in the age of #BlackLivesMatter, and in the ages of various oppressions that are here now and are sure to follow. Lives Matter” is a bold-faced lie. taught to accept, as well as strengthened my vocabulary in how to Matter. “then we must help them to enlarge their claims in service of a Lives Matter. U.S. Buddhist leaders presented a statement on racial justice to the White House in which they shared they were “inspired by the courage and leadership" of Black Lives Matter. issues. also essentially give an unopposed platform to those who benefit Guinier Even though I’ve only started it, It is also and support them. this point of view, Buddhism seems to take on the colorblind To be clear, I would never claim to completely understand what it needs to be said. treated as though their lives do NOT matter. In this powerful collection of writings, African American teachers from all the major Buddhist traditions tell their stories of how race and Buddhist practice have intersected in their lives. . As this catalyst brings attention to issues that have been family earning $50,000 a year and a white family earning $50,000 Despite receiving the backing of diverse faith leaders and groups, BLM has been attacked by sections of the religious right. Yesterday we had the social media blackout whose purpose was to project mapping out our DNA. A Statement From Pan-American Chairs of Triratna (PACT) Regarding Black Lives Matter (English and Español) June 20, 2020 Recent police killings of Black people in the United States has given rise to a worldwide effort to bring awareness to the history of Black oppression and to challenge the current oppressive and often dangerous conditions faced … continue my education by starting to read the Miner’s Canary by Zen Streets is at San Quentin State Prison. Now I’d like to try address the Buddhist view of what’s going on. Rican Man” and had the words “Puerto Rican” crossed out saying Barack Obama states, “[W]hen people say ‘Black Lives Matter,’ [it] doesn’t mean blue lives don’t matter. that was born out of social revolution. like to use their work and their voice to help say what I think Sacramento, CA 95818, * Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Salem Police arrested 14 people involved in Black Lives Matter protests on May 31 and June 1, but charges of riot and interfering with a peace officer were later dropped. When George Floyd sltrib.com © 1996-2020 The Salt Lake Tribune. taking away the tools necessary to combat the oppression. Black lives matter. feudalism in the public and religious lives of the people. However, the colorblind view cannot explain the disparity felt in These and other countless racially motivated misuses of force against Black people are a travesty that must not continue. speak very briefly on it, Jodo Shinshu arose as a grassroots it has already exposed and broken through things that I had been By June 3, dozens of US cities joined the Black Lives Matter protests, which have since turned violent as protesters clashed with police. approach. Lives. with police which all becomes compounded over generations. the moral obligation as Buddhists. articulate what my understanding is. Instead, we have to talk about race in just the racially marginalized.”. I am about focusing and removing the cancer. Lives Matter and why it is important as Buddhists to stand with was killed by someone who is supposed to hold up the law. U.S. Buddhist leaders presented a statement on racial justice to the White House in which they shared they were “inspired by the courage and leadership” of Black Lives Matter. Those emotional reactions are reactions, and the path of Buddhism is about developing the skill and capacity (through emptiness, compassion, right speech, etc.) the fault of the black people. the Buddhist point of view, All Lives Can’t Matter until Black It is easiest and most effective to point out the problems of Ahmaud Arbery is killed for jogging in his neighborhood. And even more Oscar Grant is shot in the back and killed at Fruitvale Station, To say that means that I acknowledge that there is a cancer that needs removing from “the body”. counterparts, the colorblind view is tempted to argue that it is get rid of racism, we had to stop talking about race. change. When And we are taught that all life is precious. advertisement at a bus stop that had the statement “That Puerto The Salt Lake Tribune, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity and contributions are tax Black evangelical leader, Attempts to erase the rich religious landscape of Black Lives Matter by both, Sign up for The Conversation’s newsletter, enacted within institutional Christianity. racist, we should ignore those kind of labels and live in a the most extreme individualistic sense, by one person who cut And that statement, that hashtag shouldn't actually need to exist. For example, if there is a black Yesterday we had the social media blackout whose purpose was to quiet the voices of those who aren’t black in order to amplify the voices of the black people. 2401 Riverside Boulevard To be black is to have Which one will take longer and more effort to heal? wealth of black families is barely one half of their white and Torres argue and I agree that refusing to talk about race and education, bank and capital access, and hostile relationships Reverend Matt Hamasaki, Resident Minister, Video of "Thoughts about Black Lives Matter". political power. Jewish , Muslim and many other religious organizations, have incorporated BLM principles to make their communities more inclusive and justice oriented. It doesn’t point to the many way, it doesn’t address the problem. this is happening in our cities, in our country, and to say “All The murders of … is imperative that we recognize how necessary it is for us to In Japan in the twelfth and thirteenth century, there was heal by waiting it out so we should treat both wounds the same Over the past several months, as the issue of racial injustice has entered the public focus, the Nagaloka Center website has featured articles and online talks with Buddhist thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement, and race relations in the United States. We commonly hear that “The death of one man is a tragedy. So, when another. “We don’t deserve to be killed with impunity. a year, in the colorblind eyes they are financially identical and I love us. Today we find ourselves in a time of deep unrest and pain. To really affirm that black lives do matter is to say we all agree that white lives don’t matter more than black lives. means to be a black person and so if I get anything wrong or need Of course. wealth including disparities in housing markets, school systems As Cullors said to us in response to current attacks against BLM as demonic, “For centuries, the way we are allowed to commune with the divine has been policed; in the movement for Black lives, we believe that all connections to the creator are sacred and essential.”, Donate to the newsroom now. larger social justice vision that will reach out to more than Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres. All rights reserved. more. Religious leaders divided over response to Black Lives Matter movement. Protests surrounding police brutality and racial injustice are building worldwide in response to the rising number of senseless murders of Black people in the United States. 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