“I’d have to say the most anxiety-laden moment in a Black person’s experience at a predominantly White church is when the person in the pulpit says, “Turn and greet your neighbor and tell them you’re glad they’re here.”
Black person: Will they say hi? Will they look me in the eye? Will they shake my hand? Will they smile at me? Do they see me? Are they hoping I’ll not turn around? Do they know how petrified I am right now? Am I welcome here? Am I safe?”
“I don’t view depression as waves, at least not for me. My depression feels like white flakes in a snow globe and are activated when something shakes me to my core. I become the center and the space around me becomes my world, a world I cannot see. While blinded I feel my swinging mood aiming for me like a gauntlet and I am the fool that has entered into it blind. No matter how hard I try, I simply cannot escape.”
“Rather than acknowledge the presence of the gargantuan beast lumbering back and forth, White America makes statements like this: “There’s no such thing as white privilege”.(Really?!) “If black people would stop shooting themselves and get an education they can pull their selves up by their own boot straps”. Ok, but did white people pull themselves up during slavery, during the federal loan welfare programs like the Homestead Act and the G.I. Bill which built the middle-class as we know it today (and oh by the way each of which was denied to people of color)? Or, during Jim Crow when they could attend all of the best schools and secure the best jobs – all while people of color could not (by law)?”
“The nine-year-old black boy at the heart of a recent upsetting viral video is speaking out after an adult white woman wrongly accused him of touching her inappropriately in a corner store. His message is a powerful one — he doesn’t forgive her.
And honestly, why should he?”
“My daughter is 23 years old and completely apathetic to the entire election process, including voting. We’re admittedly a very well-off white family, and she’s our only child. I worry she’s becoming one of those ignorant, privileged white women that people can’t stand. How do I get her to realize her vote is powerful and meaningful (not to mention her democratic duty)?”