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    Kristen

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    Here in St. Louis, the drum black people are beating is visible, but because the drums are not heard via institutions and methods accepted by the majoritarian society, the society at large does not have to recognize the sound?

    Side note: I don’t have a church home here in St. Louis so my voice can’t be heard?

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    Jodi Devonshire

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    Kristen,

    Thank you for your comment. Very good point(s). As you said, and I agree, clearly there is another layer to this, that is the purposeful omission of the ‘drums’ in the white social conscience, including the media. I am reminded of a recent pro-union (solidarity for teachers in Wisconsin) protest that had a significant showing in St. Louis, upwards of 4000 people. Yet the major media stations did not cover the event. It was the smaller media, including the St. Louis American, that gave us a presence in the social context.

    Likewise, your point regarding the church’s role in social justice deserves serious consideration. Many folks do not belong to a local church, yet they find their way to social justice issues, and have a voice, as you say. So if not the churches, than who? Who will/should emerge as the leaders in Environmental Racism issues in St. Louis.

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    Thomasina

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    Compelling and insightful! Jodi, you must remember that just because the Black community is disproportionately affected, solutions to these onerous conditions should not be limited to members of that community and Black churches. Shouldn’t White church leaders, residents of White communities, local union members as well as politicians sit at the table to develop and implement plans to eliminate this branch of racism?

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    Jodi Devonshire

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    Thomasina,

    Indeed, and here in-lies the problem. As my mother told me, “with privilege comes responsibility.” White folks have all of the privilege, but want none of the responsibility.

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