Race Revelations: Matters of Racial Identity and Community

There’s a ton of series’ on this blog. I wanted to do it lately to keep all these different interests organized in some way, but also make me continue to engage and pursue dialogue about them.

So, next up (and not totally different from the Making Paper Cranes series) is Race Revelations.

From Desmond Tutu: Ubuntu..is to say, “My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in yours.” It took me a long time to realize my liberation and freedom are bound up in all. What this means is that I can’t be silent about racial injustices, especially not now when my babies are in this world, too. But, it also means that I can encourage and make a place for others to realize who they are is wrapped up in so many systemic layers. Privilege. Disadvantaged. Upper-class. Oppression. Race and culture. This will be a series that offers raw stories of those who’ve discovered who they are in relation to the Other.

I constantly have numerous conversations with a lot of different folks about race and racial identity. Often with Anglo Americans we talk about what it means to realize how they view and treat the “Other” in our midst, whether it’s walking down the street or being served by one. With those who are people of color like myself there are stories ranging from encountering racism to realizing and embracing our unique ethnic heritage to what it means to be married to someone of a different race.

This could really go so many ways. But lately all the talk about being American, and the DREAM Act, immigrants, etc. I can’t stop thinking about it. I want this to be a space where we we can engage race in a way that’s critical, thoughtful, and in the end, helpful. By helpful, I’m thinking in terms of connections – within one’s self and with others. Theological would also be super if it pertains to you.

As the babies get older I realize how much I need to start reflecting on ways to talk about identity. So, if you’d like to write a reflection for this series, please leave a comment below or hit me up at FACEBOOK or TWITTER or email.

Looking forward!

Kee Won Huh: What My Racist Teacher Taught Me
Alex Hendrickson: Why I Deal with Race
Caela Simmons Woods: Raising White Kids
Erin Dunigan: Flesh-Colored Glasses
Meredith Holladay: The Power of Story in The Help
Aida Haddad: The Dream Act

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