As we continue to discuss and examine our relationship with the racist society in which we live (and which the white members of our congregation benefit from, regardless of our opinions), as well as what we can do to seek justice in our own community, I found this article from Baptist News Global particularly interesting. Churches in Louisville, KY have come up with an interesting idea, based on economics. White people need to shop at black-owned businesses. There's more to it than that, so I encourage you to read the whole article (below). Here's a particularly telling paragraph:
"With laws in place to prevent slaves from accumulating wealth, Cosby said, in 1865 four million people possessed one half-percent of the wealth in the United States. The share for their descendants today has increased to just 2 percent, he said, with 400 billionaires owning as much wealth as the entire African-American population of the U.S., over 41 million people."