For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies
Author's Note: I'm writing this in hopes that it can be used to lighten the load of marginalized folks, keeping in mind that not all marginalized people want to engage in the ally conversation, and that is perfect as well. For those who do, my prayer is that when someone asks you the question, “how can I be a stronger ally?” you might choose to save your breath/energy and send this in its place. I have been asked by two dear friends, “how can I be a stronger ally?” Being the slow emotional processor that I am, I wanted to spend some time with this before I answered them. I surely appreciate and love these two individuals, and I appreciate their vulnerability in asking me this question. I am not going to do much coddling here; I don’t know that I believe that love requires coddling. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. I love Jesus. It will never be possible for us to be colorblind, and we shouldn’t ever want to be. Yup, now I’m talking about reparations. Privilege means that you owe a debt. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
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