For much of my life, I felt dismissed and disregarded. It hurt, it made me feel less than, and it made me feel angry.
So now, there’s an uproar in America. Black people are being shot, killed, for what, oftentimes, seems like no reason. And they are angry. Personally, I think that’s completely understandable. Because for years and years and years, people with darker skin have been treated horrifically. Way more than dismissed and disregarded, they’ve been treated inhumanely. And, for the most part, they haven’t had much recourse.
No wonder they’re pissed!
I’m a middle-aged, white woman and a prayer warrior. I pray a lot for peace and compassion and healing. But right now, I think we also need to pray for understanding, for the ability to really listen to what people of color have to say. To recognize that they probably have things to say that will make us (white people) feel uncomfortable or scared. We’ll probably feel the way they’ve felt for a very long time.
Most of us are hurting. But we need to listen to what needs to be said. We need to respond thoughtfully rather than react out of our own pain. We need to have conversations. It won’t be easy. I think the back and forth will be messy and clumsy and uncomfortable. I think there will be misunderstandings and misinterpretations. I think a lot of us will feel afraid and uncertain. And as long as we keep trying to work through all of this, with as much love and understanding as possible, we’ll make it through, eventually. A little bruised and battered and humbled, no doubt. But hopefully, much better for it.