Darryl S. Williams ’81

On Sunday, June 7th, I participated in a peaceful protest against racism and the status quo. After watching coverage of the reaction to the death of George Floyd (Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others), I was compelled to get off my couch and use my voice to prompt some sort of change in this country. Racism is a scourge that must be eradicated. The effects of racism are far reaching. It is an underlying cause of the economic, educational, and health disparities which result in minorities suffering shorter life expectancies than whites.

Racism can kill the body but silence and inaction against it can result in the destruction of both the body and the soul. When Jesus kicked over the money-changing tables in the temple, when he spoke out against the hypocritical scribes and Pharisees, he was reacting to and taking a stand against injustice. It is his example that we, as Christians, are to follow. We are called to be change agents. If we do not fight against injustice, we are as guilty as the Pharisees who talked about God but did not love God. We will not have lived up to our calling; our silence is complicity and complicity is sin.

Today’s scripture tells us to “fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” We must turn away from sin and follow the example of Christ. I got off my couch and will be speaking with my elected officials and my company’s leaders. As fellow Christians, I pray you will too.