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Pro-Black ≠ Anti-Everyone Else

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  1. Bill Trask says:

    Great article. From the white perspective, one of the things we usually don’t see is that we don’t have a struggle with racial identity – its one of the intangilbe white priviliges we enjoy. Life, literally, revolves around me – partly becuase I’m white, partly becuase of my education, partly becuase of my social and financial status. For someone who is not white and has been touched by poverty, making sense of the world personal identity is a completely different issue – one the rest of us need to constantly sensitize ourselves to. If I simply live life without looking up, I might remain in my white upper middle-class bubble, unable to experience the joy of loving a whole segment of our society. Thanks for being a part of my “sensitization.”

  2. Thomas W. says:

    One of the best articles I’ve read so far on here and from the old RAAN. You’re insight into asking about dichotomies is often where most us, even on other issues aside from race, end up missing each other in conversation. We often assume the who doesn’t agree with us must equal our worst stereotype of them. There’s no room for the same nuance we often afford ourselves.

    I also find this interesting because its fastening how much that black identity becomes almost idolized toward assimilation out of fear of somehow losing one’s color and thus identity.

    As a part of another race, for me, I’ve worried about whether or not I can actually watch a show called “Blackish” out of fear of not of being less my own race, but out of fear that I have no idea if its appropriate.

    May our identity be grounded in God’s image and Christ’s redemption, and let our color be one aspect of our diversity that flows from it, rather than being limited to it.

  3. Carlos says:

    Thank you so much! I grew up having to hear stuff like, “you sound white” just because my mother was an English major and taught me correct grammar.

  4. Sharon says:

    Thank you!

    I am white, but when I worked in a 98% black urban Christian school and I was planning a luncheon, I was told that we couldn’t have spaghetti – we had to have chicken because I needed to think ethnically. I felt pretty sure that my black friends and coworkers didn’t eat chicken every day.

    My son was dressed as a typical teen (old t shirt and jeans) while on a jet and the older man next to him was shocked to find out that my son was listening to classical music on his iPhone.

    Let’s be human. Recently a young white girl was criticized by a black person for wanting to dress as a black cartoon character (Disney or whatever – Tatiana, I think – the one where the girl kisses the frog – awesome movie). I think it’s cool that the little girl admired that character – and if a little black girl wants to be Elsa, I say that’s her business. We have spent decades being taught to blend and now blending is being criticized. I’ll watch the “Bill Cosby Show” (despite his personal struggles, it remains one of the best shows ever) and you watch “Home Improvement” (one of the other best shows ever.) I liked “The Jeffersons” as much as “All in the Family”. I didn’t like “Good Times” – just didn’t find it funny.

    Let’s be human and not judge each others’ blackness or whiteness.

  5. Grace A says:

    Couldn’t have said it any better! One person can not represent blackness.

  6. Candice says:

    Sincerely appreciate this!

  7. Ben P. says:

    Fantastic message and perspective. I really appreciate how you wrote your experiences/thoughts without being patronizing or too serious, but light-hearted (see Dragon Ball Super link). Thanks Elodie!

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