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I NEVER THOUGHT I’D SEE A LYNCHING – Bishop Jim Arends

May 27, 2020

I was a teenager during the Viet Nam Era. One night the evening news decided the American public needed to see the horrors of the war. There on our livingroom television a Viet Cong fighter was forced to kneel. An American soldier walked up to the man and shot him in the head. it was that stark. The image is still etched in my mind. It was one execution more than I ever needed to see.
— Read on bishopjimarends.com/2020/05/28/i-never-thought-id-see-a-lynching/

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  1. pynkoski2 permalink

    After watching the Cross and the Lynching Tree memorial, we followed it with James Cone speaking to a Presbyterian group. Very powerful. But the most powerful part was the QA that followed. A white woman asked “what should we do?” Cone turned it around on her, saying she knows what must be done, and the real question is what’s it going to cost, and are you willing to pay?

    • That is so true… Denise grew up in the South… I was insulated in SE Minnesota until I went to seminary and then joined the AF. It hit me very hard in the soul… I took risks in that area and had threats from the KKK in the Florida panhandle… it strengthened my resolve to speak out.

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