â€śFor Such A Time As Thisâ€ť Esther 4:14 â€“An open letter to Stephen Colbert
On June 24, 2015, the children of the martyred Clementa C. Pinkney had to walk beneath the Confederate flag to where their father lay in state, in the South Carolina Capitol building. That flag stood for their enslavement, their dehumanization. That flag was on Dylan Roofâ€™s car when he drove to Mother Emanuel, planning to slaughter your brothers and sisters in Christ. Black peopleâ€”adults and childrenâ€”all over the United States continue to be killed and brutalized with impunity by law enforcement.
Brother Stephen, you are possibly the most privileged white Christian South Carolinian on the planet. We are not criticizing you for your position. We know that you have often used your media platform to speak out for marginalized people. Christians in South Carolina have told us of your generous gifts to public education there and we know you have made significant charitable contributions to other worthy causes.
We are asking you to do more. Black Christians are asking White Christians to stop white people from killing them. You could use your media platform to speak out against the police murder and brutalization of communities of color. Asking you, as we have this week, to use your privilege to take down the flag in Columbia is also a very small thing. We know it is not without risk. CBS executives may not like it. You have an extremely slim chance of ending up in jail. You could receive threats from people who want the flag to stay up (which is why we have offered accompaniment.)
But unlike Queen Esther, you are not facing certain death at the hands of a capricious monarch (Esther 14:11.) And you have not lived out the violence that Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Daniel Simmons, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Ethel Lance, Tywanza Sanders, Sharonda Singleton, Myra Thompson, Susan Jackson and millions of your black fellow Christians have under the Confederate Flag.
So make a statement, Brother Stephen. Call on White people, whether they are wearing uniforms or flags, to stop killing and brutalizing black people. There are Christians in South Carolina waiting to meet us. Letâ€™s take down that flag.
Todayâ€™s Open Letter is the last posting of the Colbert Campaign. We are asking our constituency to
- go to https://www.facebook.com/colbertlateshow?fref=ts and in the comments section post the link to this open letter and tell Colbert that now is his Esther 4:14 moment. Today he can start creating a less violent future for all the black and brown children in the United States.
- For those of you with Twitter accounts: You can send messages to @StephenAtHome. We have no way of gauging how many are getting through or who is reading them. Doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s not worth trying. Good hashtags are #BlackLivesMatter and #TakeDownTheFlag. But the MOST IMPORTANT hashtag is #LSSC ( which stands for LateShowStephenColbert). Use pictures, if possible. Again, remind him that God may have put him in his position for just such a time as this, and that black and brown children deserve not to live in fear of white violence. Use pictures.
- Check out: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23LSSC&src=typd. Favorite the #LSSC tweets of other Brothers and Sisters who are encouraging Colbert to travel to Columbia with CPT and Suey Park. Doing so will give these tweets more prominence.
To donate to the cost of the CPTersâ€™ travel to Columbia, SC, click here. IF WHITE PEOPLE RUN SCREAMING THROUGH THE STREETS OF COLUMBIA, SC EXORCISING THE CITY OF ALL SYMBOLS OF WHITE SUPREMACY BEFORE STEPHEN COLBERT, SUEY PARK AND CPT GET THERE, the money will go toward CPTersâ€™ travel to project locations in Colombia, Iraqi Kurdistan, Northern Ontario, and Palestine.