It Took Me Years to Believe That Black Lives Matter. Now Here’s What I Need From You

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The following is an adopted from the transcript of a speech delivered at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Sunday, September 28. An audio recording is available here.

I always brag to my friends that Westside Unitarian has the largest black congregation of any Unitarian Church in Washington State. And when I told one of my friends I was nervous about giving a sermon on racism here, he asked me just how large it actually was.

Five, I told him.

“Five percent,” he said. “That’s not bad for Washington!”

“No,” I said. “Five people.”

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