intro’d to Ruby via Thomas’ share:
may 1 2018 – Race, Poverty, and a Path to Redemption – Ruby Sales & Jacqui Lewis (@RevJacquiLewis)
13 min – time to come home to authentic selves and be about the new world that is coming
14 min – all my life my people have been geniuses at walking thru places people told us were walls
15 min – sometimes you have to go in dangerous places to get what you need.. (on safe spaces).. so our work is subversive.. it’s not warm and cozy work.. to interrogate the text in our own heads..
17 min – at the heart of black folk theology was agape.. i love everybody.. an alt to the enslavement to the industrial complex
has to be everybody
19 min – a call to agency/action.. a call to a higher consciousness.. give me a clean heart..
21 min – immigration/prison industrial complex..
22 min – people of color have been shoved w force into sights of terror: plantations; detention centers; migratory camps.. that’s the way of sanitizing the reality..
22 min – yesterday.. 97 children in colorado in an ice packing plants separate from parents.. how can we speak our lives in the reign of the white supremacist terror..
26 min – jacqui: i just don’t think anybody should be poor.. a radical revolution of values.. every human being deserves food on the table, a warm place to sleep, clean water… and the dignity of work..
33 min – jacqui: juneteenth.. slavery continued in form of share cropping et al
34 min – that is the manifestation of a deeper issue.. poverty is not abstract.. deeply rooted in spiritual mal formation and social pathology of whiteness..and a white supremacist economic system and white soul murder.. commit soul murder.. to detach from realities of pain of other people..
37 min – we find ourselves participants of soul murder.. we participate everyday in killing our humanity.. how do we come out of this.. by understanding that the deep hunger we feel in our souls is not a material hunger.. t.. it’s a spiritual hunger..
38 min – each of us must understand this call to revolutionary love.. reclaim our souls..
39 min – whiteness/empirism is not a culture
40 min – we have to speak in tongues.. because west says wealth is material.. each time we sign on to whiteness we bleach our souls of humanity..
41 min – jacqui: i think we have bought into the bs of how diff we are.. that’s the hottest part of the hot mess.. what keeps us chasing whiteness.. is the way whiteness has separated us.. i.e.: when i’m white enough.. that separates us from our true self.. and from one another.. it’s a false construct.. so each of us loses our particularity
43 min – jacqui: we lost the interconnectedness of our humanity pretending to be diff.. we’re pretending to be raced.. we bought into race as a category
44 min – jacqui: our true identity is human.. and siblings
46 min – jacqui: let’s not let our economic discussion not include the way america is built on stolen land.. by enslaved african people w cheap chinese labor..
jacqui: reparations.. you get to be a person who’s parent had wealth and you get to have it.. but if you are a human being that is a sibling.. will you let your human family die of hunger while you have wealth..
47 min – jacqui: i’m talking about sharing our wealth.. that’s reparations..
48 min – jacqui: we’re not siblings if we’re not talking about how to balance the econ scales
49 min – *what might reparations look that transcend this material world of riches.. what i see reparations .. is a pathway of redemption.. recapitulation (truth about history).. reparation (not just giving us things.. repairing the spiritual/social harm).. reconciliation (mediation. everybody has a voice) .. restoration (harmonize i with we)
52 min – jacqui: i’m asking us to think about how we use our money .. period.. because hungry children are driven to desperate acts..
until we have a transformation of values.. change our consciousness.. we will keep re creating the same empire structures.. till we change the very heart.. creates a new world..
54 mi – jacqui: we can’t leave the room thinking we’re not ready yet.. that’s the out..
55 min – revolutionary love begins in heart.. charity has existed for years and we still have hunger.. see possibility and goodness in people.. it is not punitive.. it’s redemptive.. provides an app for each of us to become something today we weren’t yesterday
equity – everyone getting a go everyday
noted civil rights veteran, long distance runner for justice, public theologian and social critic. I bring to my voice hindsight, insight and foresight.
This site documents and records the issues, comments and articles. photographs on the rising rate of modern day lynchings, beatings, drownings (torture) by White police and vigilantes.
the spirit house site:
Ruby Nell Sales (born July 8, 1948 in Jemison, Alabama) is an African-American social activist. She attended local segregated schools and was also educated in the community during the 1960s era of the Civil Rights Movement.
Sales participated, at the age of 17, in the Selma to Montgomery marches of 1965. That year she was arrested in August with some fellow activists in Fort Deposit in Lowndes County, where they were picketing a whites-only store. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 had prohibited such segregation. They were taken to the county seat of Hayneville and jailed for six days. After being released, she and a few others went to purchase sodas at a nearby store. She was threatened by a shotgun-wielding construction worker, Tom Coleman, who was a special county deputy. One of Sales’ fellow marchers, Jonathan Daniels, a white Episcopal seminarian, pushed her out of the way and took the shot meant for her, dying instantly. Daniels was a 1961 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and valedictorian of his class, and was studying at the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Sales was so traumatized by Daniels’ murder that she nearly lost the ability to speak for the next seven months. Despite death threats made to her and her family, Sales resolved to testify at Tom Coleman’s trial. He was acquitted by a jury of 12 white men. The result of the trial led to legal challenges and a reform of the jury selection procedures, which had long excluded blacks, first because they were disenfranchised from voting before 1965, then because of a discriminatory process in developing the jury pool.
Sales went on to attend Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, successor institution to the seminary Daniels had attended. She has worked as a human rights advocate in Washington, D.C. She founded The SpiritHouse Project, a non-profit organization and inner-city mission dedicated to Daniels