AFRICAN AMERICAN CLUB
For the 2020-21 school year, Edward Morrison '21 (pictured) has been named the African American Club's president. In the aftermath of the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, which generated nationwide protests, Morrison wrote the following reflection, titled "Know Justice, Know Peace."
I want to contextualize and put in proper perspective the pain and challenges that we are facing as a community and as a nation.
The death of George Floyd was sickening. Though we may have different opinions on how to resolve this conflict, I know we all agree that black lives do matter.
As a Jesuit school, it is our duty to show love and compassion to all. Hence the motto of our alma mater: “For the greater glory of God.”
As Jesuit students we’re taught to be “Men for Others.” That being said, as we make our voices heard, we make sure to do the things that align with justice. Without justice, there is no peace, and vice versa.
We must make sure we assign to Christ our devotion, because then we will know justice and we will know peace.
Justice throughout scripture is synonymous with righteousness. Only when we understand that Christ is our righteous judge, then we too will know the power of the Prince of Peace. Christ calls us to affirm his decree, align ourselves with his directives, and to assign to him our devotion.
We can’t have the benefit of diversity in our school community, without sharing the burden of diversity. We must seek to understand the pain, grow in empathy and understanding, and speak to it!
The question for our community is, “What should our posture be in the midst of these times?” For racism, bigotry, and hatred are not of God and not what it means to be Catholic.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
In order for there to be change, we as a community need to stand together in love and righteous indignation to seek the good of all people.
Benjamin Franklin said it best, “Justice cannot be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are affected.” The African American Club, although we are here to talk about and celebrate our history, we are also here to bring about change, both at Jesuit and in the community.
The reality is life as a black man isn’t easy. It is true, that one who doesn’t have that experience won’t truly understand the struggle, but together we can bring about change. How? By first using our voices to speak to God’s love for us all.
We all have to learn, grow, and do better. I support you, and I’m here to make change. Let’s continue to do our part, because to Know Justice is to Know Peace.
Edward Morrison '21
Jesuit African American Club
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Artwork by Nico Machado '21