It is the elephant in the room. You know it is there, but you silently hope the topic would disappear. Race is here and it is not going away. Education, advocacy, and open, honest dialogue is needed for growth and sustained change to occur. In recent months, there have been global protests, cries for justice over the killings of unarmed African-American men and women at the hands of police. As you listen and process all that is going on, you may think it is not right, fair, or Christ-like. We go about our daily routines and believe that the topic of race does not affect us because we are kind, cordial, and have friends of different races.
Understanding race as a concept is the first step, but the next step is having deeper, more transparent conversations and listening to the stories from those who experience and deal with race daily. Race is a discussion topic that cannot be dismissed, despite the challenges associated with speaking about it.
Here are 10 reasons you may be uncomfortable talking about race.
Kirstyn Mayden is a Christian blogger who writes devotionals that empower and equip believers in their everyday lives. She is a wife, mom, and loves Jesus. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. For the last 20 years, Kirstyn has served in several ministry capacities. She has a passion to serve with women empowering them to grow and live out their God-given purpose. Currently, she serves alongside her husband in ministry at Mt. Zion UMC Church in Upperco, MD. In addition, she is the founder of Worthy Girls, Worthy Lives, an empowerment program for adolescent girls in Baltimore. Connect with Kirstyn’s blog here.