Who is your oppressor?


Here's the prayer for social justice from the Episcopal Prayer Book:

"Almighty God, who created us in your own image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations ... "

The reason the Trayvon Martin case is so difficult for Americans is whether you identified more with Martin, the 17-year-old black teen who was killed, or more with George Zimmerman, the adult Hispanic man who shot him while on neighborhood watch, you can still pray that prayer and mean it from your perspective.

Is your oppressor the government in the form of Attorney General Eric Holder who plays mob politics by demonizing Zimmerman, even after a jury found him not guilty?

Or, is it, indeed, a society too quick to excuse the death of a black teenager, as some say, guilty only of "walking while black?"

Let us reverently use our freedom to, at the very least, understand each other.