I hate to get political. Mainly because I hate arguing and confrontation and that’s all it ever seems to bring. It makes me so anxious. It is making my skin crawl just thinking about it.
But today and in the future, I cannot be silent.
There are people out there that are preaching hate and I do not stand with them. My heart aches that people in this country that aren’t white have to be afraid of walking on the streets in fear of what someone might do to them. That people of color don’t feel comfortable in a country that is supposed to be the land of the free for ALL people. That they are constantly being made to feel less than white people.
It makes me angry. It infuriates me to my core. It breaks my heart and brings tears to my eyes that there are so many people in this world that believe that anyone who is not white is inferior. News flash, God made every person. And He made us equal. God doesn’t care what we look like on the outside. He cares about our heart.
He tells us in Hebrews 12:14, “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” God is clear about His expectations for how we should treat others. He tells us that the greatest commandment is to “love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another (John 13:34).” He doesn’t say “love those that look like you and believe the same things that you do.” He doesn’t say “love those that have the same lifestyle as you and those that hold the same values.” No, he simply says to love one another. No prerequisites. No questions asked. It should not matter if someone does not live the same type of lifestyle we do. It should not matter what the color of someone’s skin is or what country they are from. It shouldn’t matter, yet our country has shown time and time again that it does. And, frankly, it pisses me off.
White privilege is real, y’all. Whether we want it to be or not, it is and we have to recognize it so that something can be done. It starts with us. As much as I dislike it and want it to change, the truth is that right now we have the power and the voice, and it will likely not change unless we stand up for our brothers and sisters. We don’t necessarily have to speak for them, but we have to give them the platform to speak and be heard.
We have to call out hate and discrimination when we see it. Even if we lose “friends” along the way. Even if it makes us uncomfortable. That’s the point. People of color in this country are uncomfortable daily. The discomfort caused by denouncing hateful behavior is minuscule compared to what they face each day.
What happened in Charlottesville is NOT OKAY. The white supremacists that so hatefully said “they needed to take their country back”: NOT OKAY. The terrorist that plowed his vehicle into a crowd of people that were standing against the hate: NOT OKAY. The fact that black officers had to stand and protect the people that were so disgustingly slinging insults at people of color: NOT OKAY.
I know we can do better. We have to do better. God loved us so much that He sent His only Son to die for us even when we act like this toward one another. All He asks in return for the great sacrifice He made is that we love another as much as He loved us. It’s the least we can do especially if we call ourselves Christians and followers of God.
Maybe I am off base here and out of line, and I really, really hope that I am not being ignorant of the struggles people of color face in our country today. But I can’t be silent. I don’t understand where this hate comes from, but it is not okay.
In a week and a half, school starts. My classroom will be filled with a diverse group of students, most of which will not look like me. And I will teach and love them just the same. Because anything else just wouldn’t make sense to me. Ever. But it breaks my heart that they are going to face people in their lifetime that will treat them differently and as less than just because of the way they look. They deserve better and so do all people of color in our country.
So don’t be silent. Speak up because to ignore it does nothing to change it.