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Ida B. Wells was a black woman who worked, wrote, and organized her whole life for a federal anti-lynching law, for women’s suffrage, for the equal rights of both her race and gender.
I don’t think my experience (Norm) is drastically different from that of most African American men. I was asked to share a few examples to illustrate part of the way my “normal” life is different than the life of a white person, like Greg.
About six months after Norm joined our (otherwise white) pastoral staff, a young white man in our congregation began writing letters and leaving voicemail messages for both of us about a number of things that bothered him.
No matter our race, when most of us try to comprehend a world so vastly different from our own experience it can lead to feelings of doubt and even further mire us in mistrust. For example: “How can that person believe what they do about the police? That doesn’t line up at all with everything I’ve experienced in life!”
February is Black History Month, and as a church we want to recognize the importance of remembering and celebrating the contributions that African-Americans have made in the formation of our country and society. But we never want to end there. We want to pursue a Kingdom vision of reconciliation that goes way beyond anything our culture could ever imagine.