White supremacy doesn’t need active racists to function. It is a demonic system with a life of its own. It is radical evil. It functions with interdependent systems like militarism and capitalism. They reinforce each other in cycles of death built on the backs of black and brown bodies, literally and historically. You don’t have to invest personally in companies, like payday loan companies, that take advantage of person-of-color communities. Wall Street is taking care of that for you. You don’t have to counterprotest against Black Lives Matter. You don’t have to fly a Blue Lives Matter flag. You just have to be bemused or confused when you see that scenes of the QuikTrip going up in flames in Ferguson, Missouri, played on an endless loop on CNN. The blue wall of silence is really a blue wall of violence. Passivity is the new engine of systemic racism. You just have to believe that this is the way things are.
From “Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S.” by Lenny Duncan – Fortress Press