Rashional Thoughts: Fatal shooting of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery difficult to comprehend, opportunity to make a true difference
Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, was reportedly on a Sunday jog through a subdivision Feb. 23 when he was shot during a confrontation with a white father and son.
The Brunswick, Georgia, community is struggling to cope with the incident, according to Todd A. Rhodes Sr., pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.
“If anyone would put themselves in the place of the African American community [and understand the anger], then I believe that everyone or anyone of any race, more than likely, would feel the same way.
“People of faith can make so much more of an impact in the community that has experienced such an unjust tragedy [if] we come together — be we black, or white, or Hispanic, or Asian, male, female, young, old, rich or poor — as people of faith in God.
“It is our faith in God that connects us and helps us to not take part in the political or the social rhetoric that people often use to spark the fire that can blow up the keg.”
(Excerpt from Todd Rhodes pulled from the May 7 Baptist Press article by Diana Chandler)