No Longer Silent: A Practical Theology for Preaching on Race

  • Jesse L. Nelson


On May 25th, George Floyd, an African American, breathed his last breaths with a knee on his neck. Despite Floyd’s cries for his mother and saying he could not breathe, Derek Chauvin, now former Minneapolis Police Officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck for seven to nine minutes until Floyd stopped breathing. As devastating as it was to see George Floyd’s lifeless body in the street, it was heartbreaking to know three other officers did not intervene to stop Chauvin’s illegal and excessive use of force. George Floyd could be alive today if those officers would have interceded on his behalf. However, Floyd died because they did not speak up for him. Many African Americans feel as if America has a knee on their necks while those with an authoritative voice stand by and watch in silence.