I am a woman whose heart seeks justice, equality, and dignity for every human being. But over the past few months, I have felt my voice go silent as I became paralyzed by the continued acts of violence and discrimination enacted against my African American friends, my Hispanic sisters, and my Muslim neighbors. The divide seems to be widening and the fear intensifying as people take their corners. In my silence, I have taken action. In my silence, I decided to allow my brothers and sisters to fight their battle on their own.
Being born white has its privileges.
I don’t have fear of being pulled over in my neighborhood because of the color of my skin or having tweets and Facebook posts that threaten my life due to my religious choice. No one ever told me to go back to my country of origin or to get a job as a maid because I am a woman.
I am a woman of white privilege.
I am a woman with prejudices.
I am a woman who asks my brothers and sisters who are suffering to forgive me for not standing in the battle they are fighting sooner.
I am a woman passionate about justice and change.
I am a woman who sees a different future.
I am a woman who believes in love, dignity, and hope.
I am a Jesus Women who wants to act as Jesus did.
Below is what I learned from watching the “Diversity Panel” hosted by Pastor Dean Curry at Life Center Church in Tacoma. I want to give a special thank you and shout out to the incredible people who participated: Dean Curry, Victoria Woodards, Antonio McLemore, Erin Jones, and Yuri Melendez. Thank you for your loving and honest transparency. It changed my life.
How can we change this situation?
- Recognize it is a complex problem that can’t be ignored.
- Admit and dispel your personal prejudices.
- Love with intensity. Jesus commanded us to love others as we love ourselves. We need to encounter and love those who are different than us.
- We must humble ourselves, pray and seek God.
- Matthew 28 teaches us to go and make disciples. Start by being a voice of light and truth in your home, your town, your church, and your community. Open the door for a stranger. Smile. Listen. Learn and heal.
- Do what Jesus did. Immerse yourself. Be intentional. Listen to someone’s story.
Other Impactful Resources:
Pivot Leadership: Small Steps…Big Change by Angela Craig
Difference Matters by Brenda Allen
Dignity by Dr. Donna Hicks
Where We Stand: Class Matters by Bell Hooks
Salsa, Soul, and Spirit by Juana Bordas