For anyone hoping for racial reconciliation in this country, it was a painful week. I intentionally avoided news commentary and opted instead to read the voices of black writers. As Eugene Cho said, it's a time to weep with those who weep. Even that simple thing takes more humility than I want to admit at times. To own that I am a person of privilege, to be willing to hear the voices of others and accept their anger and their hurt without becoming defensive myself, is a very difficult task. But by then end of this week I was reminded that even if we could get a perfect outcome in Florida (whatever you think that is), I would still need to be listening to these voices, still need to be willing to enter this process. There will be no reconciliation until we can leave our protective shields at the door and hear the words and pain of our brothers and sisters with humility and openness. May God give us the grace to do it.
If you are interested in reconciliation at all, may I suggest the following?
1. 7 Stages of White Identity : written by the white pastor of a mulitcultural church, identifying the stages we go through in recognizing white culture and privilege.
2. Listening Well as a Person of Privilege : a powerful, helpful, honest series by Christena Cleveland on what is required of us to listen well to others. This is so worth your time. Cleveland does a marvelous job of expecting us to own our privilege and actions, but also speaking gently and with great understanding and love. I so appreciated this whole series and will definitely be using it in the future.
Sending you much love.