This is my brother; not deemed by biology but family nonetheless. When we were in college at Bama, we went to grab Chinese one night. On the way back to the car, I was booking it because I freaking hate the cold. When we jumped in the car, he looked me in the face and said, “Don’t ever do that. You can’t run ahead of me or someone will think I’m trying to steal your purse or chasing you. You can’t do that.” I remember almost laughing until I realized he wasn’t joking at all. 10 years later, I still remember feeling like a freight train had hit me in the chest. The things he has to think about on a daily basis is something I will never have to. Because here’s the deal: I’ve never been a black man in America.
I don’t know how someone can be so hateful. I don’t know how we’re still dealing with these issues. I don’t know how it feels to live with a certain fear because of my race. But here’s what I do know: God created us all to be brothers and sisters in Christ; we all stand on level ground at the foot of the Cross.
The vast majority of white people hate racism but sometimes we don’t know what to say or how to respond. So help us. Instead of throwing things across the aisle divided by race, let’s come together to have honest, deep, constructive conversations on how to stop perpetuating hate. Unfortunately we’ll never be able to rid the world of evil because the devil is very real but we can do something.
We will honor Ahmaud Arbery and others by being a generation of change. We can make a difference when we do it together.
Collected from Amanda Osburne’s Facebook