Monday, March 8, 2021

Welcome

What does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
- Micah 6:8

Welcome to the discussion page for the LELC Racial Justice Coalition! Please introduce yourself in the comments below, and join the conversation. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Whiteness and Niceness

Thanks to Lucy for sending the article about whiteness and niceness.  It would be interesting to get our responses to the article on this site.  In case you missed it the article can be found at

http://formerlyunchurched.com/white-niceness-as-the-enemy-of-black-liberation/

When have I witnessed "Wisconsin Nice" getting in the way of social justice?t

The article states:
Most white people have a worldview that the playing field is level, (regarding white people and people of color) except for maybe in a few isolated circumstances.

Do I agree?

The article notes that when people say, "Black Lives Matter", many respond, "They should really say,
"All Lives Matter."

Have I seen or heard this?  How would I respond?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A great opportunity to come together


Thanks to fellow Madisonians for imaging the following way of bringing people of our various backgrounds together.

Please join us on June 10 for an interfaith Ramadan Break the Fast - Faith, Fasting, and Friendship! Bring a dish to share, a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank, and enthusiasm for meeting new people and learning about food and fasting in different faith traditions. Space is limited, so RSVP early!

Find the event on Facebook at:

Or go directly to the Evite page and RSVP - http://evite.me/WmnzyAXFWA

The deadline is June 5, but space is limited, so don’t delay! A

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Remember Native Americans are Human

Recently the name of Pocahontas was used to disparage a political leader.  The National Congress of American Indians responded as follows.  How do we stay awake to misuse of Native culture as we try to work for racial justice?

“NCAI is a bi-partisan organization that works equitably with both sides of the political aisle, and it is not our common practice to comment on the partisan name calling that has come to dominate American politics,” said NCAI Executive Director Jacqueline Pata. “But we cannot and will not stand silent when our Native ancestors, cultures, and histories are used in a derogatory manner for political gain.”

Pocahontas was a real person who to this day holds significant value to her family and her tribe, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe in Virginia. The Pamunkey struck a treaty with the British Crown in the 1600s, and just last year were officially recognized as a federally recognized tribe by the U.S. government after a decades-long struggle. The name of Pocahontas should not be used as a slur, and it is inappropriate for anyone to use her name in a disparaging manner.

Read the whole comment at 




Friday, May 5, 2017

How Intersectionality Plays out for one Madisonian

 April’s Madison Magazine featured Muslims in Madison.  Five individuals speak to their experience. Fatoumata Ceesay gives a perspective of being both Muslim and Black.


“I’m part of two fights that are kind of similar,” says Ceesay. When she’s at a Black Lives Matter rally, she can bring the Muslim perspective; when she’s organizing for Islam, she can share her perspective as a black woman. “Black people here in the U.S. are treated so unfairly and, post-9/11, Muslims here have been treated incredibly horribly,” she says, pointing to President Trump’s policies regarding Muslims as an example. “Because of those injustices,” she says, “I want to help people who don’t have voices, to have their voices heard by the general public.”

From Ceesay’s perspective, Western women’s ongoing fight for equal rights, even the right to vote (which black women didn’t expressly have until the Voting Rights Act of 1965), seems “slow in catching on” compared to Islam, which she says has mandated women’s rights to education and their own money “literally since like the beginning of Islam.” Confronting stereotypes is part of why Ceesay, a Madison365 intern who has written pieces for Madison365.com highlighting social injustices—including one called “10 Things You Know About Islam That Are Wrong”—has chosen to pursue journalism, particularly photojournalism. Her hijab is a visual representation of her personal faith, and she hopes that when people see her wearing it, they’ll speak to her instead of stare. 

How am I welcoming diversity in my city?



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

White Suburban Lawmakers Push to Put More Urban Youth in Jail, Keep Them in longer

And State Rep. David Bowen responds--
There are dynamics of race at play here where these are majority-white suburbs that are basically saying ‘Milwaukee needs to keep crime in in its own boundaries’ and the only way to fix this issue is to use methods that don’t actually solve the issue.”
“It’s important for residents in those areas and those districts that we be honest about solutions to crime in Milwaukee. I work in Shorewood, a suburb and separate city of Milwaukee, and there’s no way I would go to those residents and say, “Things will get better by being more punitive.’ I tell them that things will get by doing things that are evidence-based. That’s where we can gain the respect of and the attention of the residents that are at the grassroots level who actually want these things to get better.”
Thanks to Tracy (Messiah Lutheran)  for being awake to this article which you can read at


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

In Wis one-in-nine blacks can’t vote

It is no surprise who felony disenfranchisement hurts the most: those who are disproportionately incarcerated, i.e. black people.
Of the 6.1 million disenfranchised voters, 2.2 million are African American, which means one in 13 voting age black people is disenfranchised — more than four times the rate of non-black disenfranchised voters, according to the Sentencing Project.
One and a half percent of all Wisconsinites were disenfranchised in 2016, but 8.8 percent of African Americans were disenfranchised in Wisconsin.
According to the ACLU of Wisconsin one out of nine Black voters in Wisconsin are disenfranchised compgo ared to one out of 50 white voters, giving the state the 11th highest rate of disenfranchisement in the U.S.
Thanks to Tracy of Messiah Lutheran for finding this article to read the whole article go to