I am guilty of not hanging out with black people. And, you might be too. Or, if you’re black, you might not be hanging with white folks either. When we separate, differentiate and bifurcate, what are we teaching our children? I know this is not a new question, but it bears repeating in 2016.
I noticed something today, while watching a preacher on TV (yes, I admit to watching regularly). As the show cut to various shots of the audience, the whites were sitting among palettes of white and the blacks among various shades of black. In other words, the blacks were sitting with blacks and the whites with whites. I thought, this is CHURCH, for heaven’s sake! How can we be divided HERE? Ironically, one of the scriptures used during the evangelist’s sermon was this: “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28 Hmm, so maybe we didn’t get the scriptural memo?
My daughter is still at the age, where she doesn’t describe her friends as black or white. Now, admittedly, she goes to a fairly “whitey white” school in a rural mountain town; however, she does not describe her friend of a different color BY her color. She’s just her friend who sits with her at lunch. Amen, sister.
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