White Silence is Violence.

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White Silence is Violence.

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White Silence is Violence. Silence is Broken.

Heather Thum-Gerber describes her experience on June 11, 2020, when she joined the protesters gathered with Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice (LSURJ) to end white silence on the topic of racism. "Ironically, we chose to be silent to end the silence," she writes. The protestors all kneeled silently on the ground for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the same amount of time George Floyd’s neck was forced down by an officer’s knee.

To understand the meaning of the silence through the generations, Heather draws on the story of the silent centurion at the crucifixion of Jesus and concludes that "white silence is violence." But, now the silence is broken and she will join in the movement for justice.

2 pages. 2 photos

Subject

Racial Justice

Creator

Heather Thum-Gerber

Date

19, June 2020

Coverage

Louisville, KY -- United States of America

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Citation

Heather Thum-Gerber, “White Silence is Violence.,” Anti-Racism Digital Library, accessed September 28, 2020, https://sacred.omeka.net/items/show/315.