March 12: Fasting from White Supremacy and Racism

Updated: Apr 1

Friday of the Third Week of Lent

March 12, 2021

Another aspect of white supremacy and racism I want to fast and abstain from is policing black bodies.

Policing Black bodies can mean insisting on white cultural norms when my BIPOC* sisters and brothers express themselves; it can involve unequal treatment by the criminal justice system, and it can mean policies that reflect only white “norms” in dress and expression for the work-place.

Policing Black bodies has become the means of control by which Black expressions of humanity are devalued or undervalued to maintain white supremacy. Another aspect of policing Black bodies is the appalling fact of mass incarceration in our country. When I support calls for “law and order” or a “war on drugs,” do I understand how this affects my BIPOC sisters and brothers? Unless I advocate against policies in our society that disproportionately affect BIPOC, I am not living by the Gospel message of freedom for captives and sight to the blind.

Dear God, open our eyes to the chains we impose on our sisters and brothers and help us to work to unchain them from their bonds. Help us to strengthen our relationship with your Son this Lent as we journey toward healing.

These reflections are meant to challenge us on our journey through Lent. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments with us.

* Black, Indigenous, and People of Color

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