I’m concerned with the current obsession of race by our political and media class and worry our church may become embroiled in racial conflict. We should not be persuaded by the antics and rhetoric of “Black Lives Matter.”

And before investing more time into the pursuit of “racial justice,” I urge advocates to seek out and consider alternative views on race and culture. Many Black intellectuals and commentators like Thomas Sowell, Shelby Steele, Candace Owens, Larry Elder and the late Walter E. Williams, et al. have a much different take than those now stirring up race hatred. To wit: Unequal economic and social outcomes do not prove systemic racism. Culture and public policy must be given proper weight as does faith and family.

But in this part of the country it is so overwhelmingly liberal politically that opposing ideas have a hard time getting a hearing.

Marty Owen

Lake Oswego