Let’s talk about race

In the months since Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, some among us have been talking a lot about race.

We’ve taken to the streets, marching, chanting, lying down on the ground in protest. We’re talking in our living rooms, classrooms, churches and on social media.

We’re arguing with each other on Facebook — raise your hand if you’ve lost friends over this messy, complicated topic.

So we asked five Kansas Citians to talk to us about what they’ve been feeling and doing in the aftermath of Ferguson.

Of the teacher, minister, artist, playwright and mother we asked: Why is this topic so important to you?

“What I have heard from people of color is, ‘Why don’t white people care?’” says the Rev. Chase Peeples, who is white and the father of two adopted biracial sons.

“So I feel that to the extent that I am able, to the extent that I have any kind of authority, as the minister of a primarily white church, I will speak up and say we need to build more relationships with people of color.

“We need to be listening and hearing the stories of people of color because just wanting to be nice people and thinking that we are nice people is not enough.”

Can we talk about race?

Why yes, we can.