Religion Insights columnist for The Herald-Palladium

On May 25, a black man cried out “I can’t breathe” while under the knee of a white officer in Minneapolis. Bystanders cried out on the man’s behalf while other officers watched, and witnesses videotaped the cries to spare his life.

George Floyd was a man created in God’s image who had black skin and breath in his lungs. Black skin that created a context for profiling, brutality and his tragic death. Breath in his lungs that was prematurely and savagely snuffed out by someone society had positioned to help provide for his, and our, safety.

Today’s Insights was written by the Rev. Brian Bennett, lead pastor of Overflow Church in Benton Harbor. Insights is written by area clergy to give different viewpoints on a variety of topics. It is published each Saturday in cooperation with the Berrien County Association of Churches. The views expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the views of member churches.