That’s what we’re called. Parents who have children who are of a different race than they are – whether it is through adoption or through interracial marriage, I don’t think it matters.
It’s different. It’s different because you straddle two worlds. You are in one world, your child(ren) are often in another world. Sometimes those worlds mesh together, often they don’t. Sometimes people in the white world understand, more often they don’t.
Read what Katie Ganshert had to say on Ann Voskamp’s site today.
“The world is wrong. You can’t put the past behind you. It’s buried in you.” – Claudia Rankine
Slavery. Convict leasing. Over 4,000 lynchings. Jim Crow segregation. White flight and red-lining.
All of it is buried in us. All of it points to an appallingly racist past that has left a racist legacy that manifests itself in policies and systems that disadvantage and oppress specific people groups.
Like our education system, where black and brown students find themselves more segregated than they were in 1968—stuck in schools that are understaffed and under-resourced.
Or a criminal justice system that frisks 85% of blacks and Latinos stopped by police, but only 8% of whites. Those are just two examples of many—the tippity-top of a giant racial iceberg. Statistics I didn’t know until I started to listen.
I had no idea that Sunday remains the most segregated hour in America. I saw a handful of black people inside my church as proof that we were fine. I had no idea that many black evangelicals in predominately white churches report feeling unseen and unheard.
That wasn’t something I learned until I leaned closer.
But now I see.
I see it in the person who posts Galatians 3:28 on Facebook, then goes on a rant about how much they can’t stand Colin Kaepernick.
I see it in the way people love the pictures I post of my daughter, but get really quiet when I start talking about the issues that will directly impact her as a black woman in this country.
We want Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream Speech, not his letter from a Birmingham jail, where he calls out the white moderate, “who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice.”