Let’s Talk About Race

Several months ago, in the shadow of Ferguson and the death of Michael Brown, I posted this on Facebook:

FBThe overarching theme of the conversation that followed was this: we white folks have way more questions than we have answers.

So I went on hunt for answers, which turned into a mini-series on race.

Let’s stop here for a little disclaimer:

I’m a white girl from Northern Ohio, living in Kentucky, on my way to Miami. There were t w o black kids in my elementary, junior high and high school. The same two kids. While my family purposefully lives in the most diverse zip code of our city, I can count on one hand the number of friends of color I have to interview for this series. My dentist is white, my doctor is white, the girl who cuts my hair is… you guessed it, white. While I love diversity, my world doesn’t necessarily reflect it.

The point: I know very-little-to-nothing about race. {Adoptive parent friends, taking a few required classes does not make us experts; it gives us just enough “knowledge” to be dangerous. And at times offensive. Let’s be Learners in this conversation.}

I’m excited {and a tad bit nervous} about the posts I have planned for this week! Tomorrow we’ll hear from the lovely lady in my screen shot above, Alaina. Thursday is a grace-filled, gospel centered take on race and raising kids of all colors from my church-planting pastor friend T.C. and Friday I’ll be sharing a race themed Things Christians Probably Shouldn’t Say.

This is a conversation we as Believers must enter into. There is a multitude of biblical and cultural evidence calling, no begging, us to this. We will make mistakes. We’ll be awkward and weird and say the wrong things. We’ll offend each other. But where the ideal is lacking, grace abounds.

Will you enter into this conversation with me, as a Learner?

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3 Comments

  1. Lauren Casper November 19, 2014

    “The point: I know very-little-to-nothing about race. {Adoptive parent friends, taking a few required classes does not make us experts; it gives us just enough “knowledge” to be dangerous. And at times offensive. Let’s be Learners in this conversation.}” << my favorite paragraph in this whole post! Yes!!!! Taking a couple classes and adopting children of another race absolutely does NOT make us experts. Thank you!! Can't wait for the next posts!!

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  2. meg pitts November 19, 2014

    This has been on our hearts a long time now! I’m excited to follow along with you and learn too!!

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  3. jentompkins November 21, 2014

    I want to learn too! I love your humble entry point into this conversation. Definitely following.

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