Last year, Aklesso came on Community During Chaos to talk about his experiences in 2020. During the conversation, Aklesso explained how he sees people who disregard Black Lives Matter, or any other life for that matter, as “goofy.”

Aklesso brought up James 1:27 as an example as to why Christians should help the disenfranchised. “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (NIV).

“…The premise of that is people who are oppressed and people who are down and out in society,” Aklesso said. “What is good religion? Taking care of those who are oppressed. It’s scriptural. You can’t run and hide from it.”

To deny aid to Black Lives Matter and other suffering people groups is to deny Jesus’ teachings and lifestyle, Aklesso explained. To break this racism, the focus should not be on who is being labeled as suppressed, but to celebrate that culture.

“It’s not about assimilating. It’s about celebrating. We need to celebrate each other. When you start getting that pride and saying I’m better, that’s the root of racism. It’s pride.”

When celebration and self-sacrifice occur, like what Jesus constantly did on Earth, then racism will recede and understanding and love will

“That’s when real change comes when love can creep in when conversations like this happen when it’s not about us.”

Watch Aklesso Below (24:31 mark):