I believe what happened Wednesday is connected to the rise of white supremacy. In her book “Caste,” Isabel Wilkerson notes that our country has a centuries-old history of caste. People who look like me are part of the dominant caste. When the dominant caste fears losing its dominance, it will lash out — as happened on Wednesday.
We saw another battle in the Civil War. White people like me would never besiege Congress. We are still part of the dominant caste. We carry a burden to speak out against white supremacy. That is why it is so important for us to study racism and our part in it, even when that is not conscious.
As a Christian, I recognize that all people are made in God’s image. We must take a clear stand that we affirm the rights of people of color. We must stand against white supremacy. In order to work for peace in our nation we must stand for the rights of those who have been regarded as a subordinate caste. Until we rid our nation of white supremacy, we cannot rest or the insurrection that took place on Wednesday will continue to happen.