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Breaking the Silence

What's Behind the Wave of Police, Security, and
Vigilante Killings of Black People?

Racism as Oppression

"There is no hierarchy of oppressions"
—Audre Lorde

Oppression means weight--a burden--something that weighs you down or presses you down into the dirt. The concept is as old as recorded history and as new as today's headlines.

Woe to those who make unjust laws,
to those who issue oppressive decrees,
to deprive the poor of their rights
and withhold justice from the
oppressed of my people...

Isaiah 10: 1-2

There are many forms of oppression, and they are usually based on prejudice and bigotry. A chart explaining how this works in society is here.

Racial oppression in the United States begins with the displacement and genocide of the indigenous tribal nations, and the enslavement of Black Africans and their mass murder in slave ships transporting them to "The New World."

As people who seek justice, we need to be aware of the systems of oppression that weigh down so many people in our country. True freedom means removing the burden of oppression so that all may participate in the promise of democracy. No one is free until everyone is free.

These resources compiled at the request of the Spirit House Project for a
National Teach-In, Worship Service, and Candlelight Vigil
held On April 22, 2014, in Washington, DC

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