on racism. part one...
I know...I managed to do my disappearing act again. You guys, I am kind of sensitive. I used to hate that word but now I know I need to admit it if I expect grace. But I am sensitive and a bit of an advocate and activist and when our world is turned upside down I throw myself into the something or someone that needs me the most. Right now that is black lives and so it felt strange to sit here and work and play and just shop for planters that I want for my porch when I should be out helping people fight for basic human rights.
I did not want to post much in order to leave space for all people of color to be heard on social media. And while I wanted to celebrate Juneteenth and all of my new-found knowledge I still wanted I to leave that space open for others.
My free time of late has been spent with my kids. Beyond that it has been spent educating myself about racism, generational trauma and basically learning "the other side" of history.
Anyhow, a few days ago I watched a video of our pastor and another from a predominantly black methodist church in Dallas. They had an incredibly loving and informative conversation live for all of us
to watch at home. It was incredible and you can watch it here.
Something that really caught my attention was when my pastor said something to the effect of -the less affected by and further you are from a problem, the more obvious and simple the solution seems.
In other words, we don't have a clue because we aren't close to the problem. In order to know we need to move closer to it...learn about it...open our minds. If we can't experience it then we need to trust. And we need to be mad too.
We can't data ourselves to death about racism...it is experiential and data doesn't work on experiences. We need to lean in and trust.
Something has shifted in our world and I have very high hopes. All I can say is that I did not know what I did not know. And I now know better and will do better. Fearing change is a waste of time. The only thing that stays the same is that everything changes! We are always growing so let's open our minds and embrace change. Believe them....nothing lasts for centuries that isn't real.