I guess it depends on the aim they take.
I see two main contrasting movements that receive the most attention.
- Is a white guilt stricken movement that believes almost all the issues that African Americans face is caused by white America. They believe that systematic oppression directed specifically towards black Americans make it next to impossible for hardly any to succeed. They justify riots by saying how else can oppressed people get the attention of peaceful protests did not do it.
Then you have another side that takes no accountability at all. They claim that little black kids in public schools hearing about them coming from slaves has no impact on them. They have no compassion for broken families where fathers were arrested over pot and placed in jail for years and years forcing mothers to work two jobs to pay bills which made it easier for a kid to slack in school and roam the streets.
Neither sides seems to accept any info from the other. Both sides have numerous statistics to back up their belief and both sides have counter arguments to those.
Conversations seems to go like this:
A. The police forces are like modern KKKs committing genocide against blacks.
B. Out of 40,000,000 African Americans 230 was killed while 370 white Americans was killed.
A. Yeah but African Americans only make up 14% of the population so by population they are being murdered at a much higher rate.
B. Well most crime is committed by black people in America and they have the highest drop out rate of high school per population.
A. That’s because the police targets them more. If they pulled over 2 times as many whites they would be arrested for more things.
B. If it’s just about who the cops pull over why is there not a white Chicago with 300+ deaths a year like the south side of Chicago where more black men are murdered by gang violence than by cops.
A. That goes all the way back to when the African American communities were thriving and the government begin to flood the streets with drugs. Those events lead to the formations of gangs.
When I see dialogue it’s almost always like the above fictional convo. What I almost never hear is that most cops, out of roughly 1,000,000 full time and part time cops, you get almost none that beat or kill anyone, let alone innocent people. Out of 40,000,000 African Americans almost none are violent criminals with charges, and almost none are in gangs, and almost none so drugs. Out of 200,000,000 some white Americans most don’t support racism and most don’t kill anyone. That out of most protests almost none turn into riots.
Most people don’t have problems with each other. Face to face they don’t even have a glitch. It’s online where they tend to be more cruel, just like when someone is drunk. It’s the media that mostly highlights individual and outlier events and run them again and again with the purpose to drive up viewers.
So I believe BioLogos should practice some of the same things that AA does and that’s provide a doorway for people of color to come in through such as the scientist mentioned earlier. I think it’s important to do something to reach out to all our fellow humans. I hope that BioLogos does this in a way that does not emphasize the negativity in the world and focuses more on the positive. Such as black theistic creationist scientists and so on. Diversity is important in every aspect of nature and so it should not be any different with humans.