Since I wrote the previous article on Healthy Conversations on race, I’ve found more resources that are so helpful for understanding racism, it’s historical roots, and the attitudes that allow racism to continue. I’ll be honest, these resources have helped me understand the struggles of the modern African-American community, and it’s given me a greater sense of compassion for my friends who are a part of the majority culture. My eyes have been opened to the racism that still exists today. There have been some tears shed. Like many of you, I believed the lie that the schools fed me. I thought the civil rights movement got rid of most legal racism. I knew it didn’t stop people from being racist, but I didn’t realize that racism still existed in legal forms, but in disguise.Continue Reading
I didn’t realize that I grew up in the middle of a time when segregation still existed. (Technically it wasn’t segregation since blacks could go to a predominately white school if they lived in the school zone. Practically speaking though, many schools were and still are segregated.) I was just a kid growing up in Louisiana. I didn’t know it was against the law to have black schools and white schools. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been to all-black schools, and I’ve been to diversely populated schools. I was very blessed to attend many different schools growing up.
I didn’t realize that my being bussed to a rural school in La, which was 30 minutes from my house, was a plan to diversify (integrate) schools. I remember there being alot of debate about it. I remember most blacks being unhappy about it, because it meant sending their children to schools in rural areas. (Areas which were not usually friendly towards people of color.)Continue Reading
This is a creative writing that was originally written in 2009. At the time I was struggling with how the mainstream evangelical church treats those who are not apart of the dominant culture. To be honest, I was weary of being taught that we must live for others, and yet also hearing that we must cater to the majority. My family and I have attended a large predominantly white church for over 16 years, and we missed the soul-stirring worship of a black church. More than that, we were weary of always having to be the one to sacrifice in order to make others more comfortable. Of course, we could always go back to a black church, but that would simply perpetuate the problem. Churches are still very segregated. I believe God has much more for us than segregated churches.
My hope in republishing this writing is to give you a small window into our world.
Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about the issue of systemic racism–specifically as it pertains to African-Americans. As I’ve been reading people’s posts on social media, I’ve encountered some encouraging dialogue. Yes, some of it is negative. Some people have completely missed the point of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Because it’s not a “perfect” movement, some people want to completely dismiss the essence of the message.
One thing I’ve realized is that whites are often timid in bringing up the subject of race for fear of offending us (the non-white person.)
One of the most offensive things that people regularly say to me is this: “I don’t see color. I just see people.”Continue Reading