In Biblical history, Tekoa is the area of the Holy Land where the prophet Amos lived and did much of his prophesying. Amos is one of the shortest books of the 12 minor prophets, but this prophet is known for this well-known verse, 5:24 –
“But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”
Tekoa today is the site of an Israeli settlement. As my group paused from a drive through the West Bank to look out over Tekoa, we saw the red roofs of the settlement contrasted with the black water tanks of the Palestinian village nearby. And I thought to myself, “This is what segregation looks like. There it is. Resources and water to the settlement, and the Palestinians have to store water on their roofs.”
(I can’t find a great picture at the moment, but hopefully I’ll find one later.)
This is what we saw. And then I thought about a south side Chicago march in solidarity with Baltimore residents protesting the death of Freddie Gray. How the neighborhood of Hyde Park was visibly red-lined with police officers who would not let protestors walk past them from Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. The wealthy institutions and neighborhoods were protected. There wasn’t a similar concern for the other neighborhoods surrounding Hyde Park.
None of this is right, y’all.