Black Pagans and the Burning Times
I have had trouble deciding how best to continue to comment on the last few days. What do any of us say?
We Pagans must support Black voices right now.
We Pagans MUST support Black voices right now.
In the Pagan community there are still those who defiantly declare “Never Again the Burning Times.” Well right now all Black Americans are still experiencing “the burning times.”
Imagine if wearing your Pentagram to get gas meant you risked being arrested for “matching the description” of another pentagram wearer.
Imagine if Pagan bumper stickers were all the excuse cops needed to pull you over.
Imagine if whenever a Pagan jaywalked, they risked being lit on fire by the state.Black Americans are suffering the Burning times (and have been as long as this country has existed).
We Pagans must stand with our fellow Black Pagans, and our Black citizens of all faiths. We must say “I see you, and you matter.”
Let our deep connection to spirit be the flag under which we protect and understand the spirits of those who need to know that they matter right now.
-Reverend Deoin Cleveland, Pagan Minister