As read my post and the comments of those who commented today, I felt compelled to journey back to Merriam-Webster On-line.
Main Entry: rac·ism
1 : a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
2 : racial prejudice or discrimination
Main Entry: prej·u·dice
1 : injury or damage resulting from some judgment or action of another in disregard of one’s rights; especially : detriment to one’s legal rights or claims
2 a (1) : preconceived judgment or opinion (2) : an adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge b : an instance of such judgment or opinion c : an irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race, or their supposed characteristics
I contemplate the challenges of Chandra trying to induce engagement in students of color in an academic setting no less, the place where these conversations should be had, and should begin. I contemplate the challenges of Joey, what does white America do when they feel offended, do we even allow them to speak out in their offense without labeling them as racist? I contemplate the challenge’s of my mother’s generation from colored to Negro to black to African American. I contemplate my struggles with applying and ultimately attending graduate school in a field that admittedly has struggles with racial diversity. And as I speak to graduates of similar programs those with melanin speak of banding together to help each through, those who are melanin deficient speak of tough yet awesome experience, leaving me perplexed. I know what God has called me to, and I strive to answer the call. However, I do not want to a part of a click just trying to make through. I do not have a Pollyanna complex yet I want to live in a society that is an, us – we American society, a society that everyone engages in the conversation and admits their ignorance and limitations. One thing I am sure of from high school to now, if we do not openly engage conversations we have only ourselves to blame as things stay the same. The ground is leveled at the foot of the cross and to love one another as we love ourselves is the greatest command.
John 13: 34-35 (NIV) “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Romans 12:10 (NIV) Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Mark 12:30-31 (NIV) Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
I am willing to educate others, without judging their ignorance!
I am willing to be held accountable for my own ignorance!