A fellow Catholic contacted me the day after Trump supporters attacked Congress. He was advised by a white colleague to be extra careful bc there is a mob mentality where they live and some of that mob’s anger may be directed at AfAms. 1/
He is especially disturbed by what he terms his “über Catholic community” bc they act like nothing is going on. He sought their support when the KKK marched less than 30 miles from where he lives and received nothing. 2/
So now he does not go out at night. He is praying that God puts him with a community where he can grow, flourish, and be safe. He laughs about the safe bc he knows what it means to be Black in America but he still prays that intention anyway. 3/
I wish I could tell u that the convo I had w him was unique but it isn’t. Some of your Black Catholic bros & sisters, in 2021, know the attack on the hill also is a signal abt our safety as Black ppl. When white supremacists perceive a loss of power, we are useful targets. 4/
This isn’t to say all Trump supporters are white supremacists. It is to say that those who are pose a threat to our safety. So right now concern about Parler seems inconsequential in comparison to the matter of being alive & unharmed. 5/
Some of my friends remarked that Blk folks kneeling quietly during the anthem elicited more rage from their white Catholic friends than white ppl storming the Capitol and defecating and urinating in the bldg along w waving the Confederate flag while in there. How can this be? 6/

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