Weds., Nov. 6, 2013
At my most optimistic, I wish and hope that my faith colleagues will take this singular moment in history as an opportunity to comment upon issues of privilege and poverty, and how with deep, radical compassion and empathy we can use this moment to expose truth to power, and move oppressed communities closer together.
Answer: people who are in prison, on their way to prison, and/or have been to prison…and their spouses, children, families and closest of friends. That adds up to forty million of us in this country.
The crazy thing is that before their fall, we are completely fascinated by the so-called “privileged” – with television series, websites, blogs and paparazzi dedicated to their every move. Didn’t we fail to see them as real people in the first place – finding false comfort in their successes, and now Schadenfreude in their failings?
How human does that sound?
Thanks to LS & LC for the big assist on this blog post.
Director, Progressive Prison Project/
Innocent Spouse & Children Project
Greenwich, Connecticut, USA
Director of Prison Ministries
First Baptist Church of Bridgeport
126 Washington Avenue, 1st Fl.
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA 06604