As Audre Lorde said, “Your silence will not protect you.” And our silence will not only NOT protect ourselves, as white Americans, it can and continues to do grave damage to our sisters and brothers of color in America. This post is one way in which one person took the challenge to show up and did it in what she may call a small way, but what I would call a profound way.
Friends, I debated posting this, because a) I doubt people on the other side of this debate are really capable of having their minds changed. And b) I am not sure this is the biggest issue affecting race in America right now. However, my friend and fellow author Rebecca Weatherspoon shared an article the other day entitled “Show Up, White America: The Opposite Of Support Is Silence.” It was poignant and it spoke to me. If you read only one blog today, read that one. But if you continue to read this one, know that while my words might not change the world, this is one small way I am showing up.
I grew up in the South. Confederate flags hung over much of my childhood. Cars, backpacks, notebooks, T-shirts, they were everywhere. I was taught that the Civil War (or the War of Northern Aggression) was about…
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