It must have seemed like the second coming. Thousands of Black people, dressed in white, strode down New York’s streets, right where the Trump building stands today.
But something was different about this protest.
There weren’t bullhorns, nor any shouting, clapping, or singing. It was just a sea of our people in a glorious procession. Silent.
Why no sound?
Throughout July 1917, our people were ambushed. Hundreds of men, women, and children were drowned, beaten, lynched, and burned.
Roughly 6,000 Black people were displaced from their burned homes. And they went quietly, but not in the way you’d think.
Led by the NAACP, our people united in the tens of thousands in order to make an impact. Armed only with signs that read mottos such as “Make America Safe For Democracy” and “Your Hands Are Full Of Blood,” they marched in complete silence.
And the country took notice, with people all over America raising their voices against anti-Blackness.
Anti-Blackness is a form of spiritual warfare we must learn to protect our spirits from. Sometimes this looks like setting a loud, clear boundary. Sometimes this looks like doing spiritual work in silence.
All the noisy distractions in the world teach us to fear silence, but silence allows for self-reflection. When was the last time you sat in silence?
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