What Does Such a Moment Ask? What does such a moment ask of us? Kindness―maybe― but not the kind that cowers in a corner and will not articulate the jarring, rage-inducing, healing, liberating truth. Love―maybe― but not the kind that circles wagons, covers up injustice and provides protection for abusers to continue their abuse. Humanity―maybe― but not the kind invoked to excuse horrors as if they’re nothing but mistakes that every human makes. Peacemaking―maybe― but not the kind that clutches to tranquility at any cost and throws the rabble-rousers under buses rather than make reparations. Unity―maybe― but not the kind that calls on the oppressed to bear the burdens of injustice just a little longer, silently, lest they provoke unease in their oppressors. Restoration―maybe― but not the kind that minimizes damage done, that takes the easy route to placate but not satisfy demands for justice. What does such a moment ask? Perhaps the same things God has always asked: act justly―with the one who brings things done in secret into light; love mercy―with the one who hears the prayers of the oppressed and does not hesitate to take a side; walk humbly―with the one who offers us the staff of Moses when we need it, helping us to speak.