A Plea to White Americans

25 Nov

Dear white friends,

If you find yourself genuinely puzzled by all that’s happening related to Ferguson — and especially if you find yourself angry at the protestors — I beg you to find the willingness to question what you think you know about race.

I beg you to open your mind to the lived experience of so many people in our country, to lay aside your own reasoning, and to consider that you may have it totally wrong.

I beg you to open your ears to the pain and suffering of others, to deeply consider whether you’ve ever been part of the problem, and to consider how you might make amends going forward.

If you discover nothing, then you have lost nothing. But if you discover that you have been misguided in the past, then you will have gained something incredibly valuable.

If you don’t know where to start, I highly recommend the 90-minute documentary “The Color of Fear,” which is 20 years old but still relevant today. It might help to shed some light on all that you do not yet see.

Be courageous.

Look at yourself.

Our human family is in desperate need of healing; I beg you to be part of the solution.

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3 Responses to “A Plea to White Americans”

  1. Steve Whinfield November 25, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    I’m a white male and I feel like I’m standing on a line. My heart can explode to a thousand pieces with anger and pain or my heart could burst wide open to explore what is missing, to put my feet into others shoes. We all are in this position. We all need to decide what side of the line to step into. I do not want my brothers to be angry with me anymore. I offer you my heart. Please don’t step on it. But if others do I will offer it again. We are in this together. Where can we find the safe place to heal to really show our hearts? Separating the heart from the head keeps us away from each other. We need to close the gap. I offer you my peace.

  2. swhin November 25, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

    I believe politics needs to come from the heart not the media or manipulation. If we can listen to each other’s heart we might be able to change the equation.

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