Saturday, May 30, 2020

Give Everyone a Chance

Hi, I'm Jheri 
👋🏻 and I'm about to rant. I hope you'll come along.

Racism is everywhere. It happens everyday and in the small day to day activity of human beings, not just when the police are involved and it makes it to the news. It happens everywhere and inside every ethnic culture and color that exists.

My sister has done missionary work in parts of South Africa where white people are the ones who live in fear.
A person reached out to me yesterday after a piece I wrote about my husband, Phil, got shared to Instagram. He said he lives in a small town with a heavy Asian population where he's been spat on and called names by them often.
There are owners of Chinese food establishments that have had to endure heinous treatment and close down permanently because of the ridiculous prejudice during the pandemic.
The list goes on. Just ask someone who doesn't look like you.
Racism knows no ethnic or geographical boundaries and it doesn't play sides.
It doesn't care if you're Republican or Democrat.
And it doesn't care if you have a handful of black friends. Sorry, that doesn't exclude someone from being racially insensitive.

I live on American soil. I'm a proud American. While sensitive to issues around the world and my family does what we can to support the wellbeing of others, as part of the body of Christ, I am here. In America.
This country I live in and where I'm raising my children is my priority. And on this American soil, the poor treatment of black people dominates our society. If you can't see that or fail to look closer, I can't help you.
I do not support rioting and looting. But when a tragedy strikes in the American Black community, and all you are focused on is the small, minute population who let their outrage rule their hearts in violent activity, you are missing the point. If you cannot accept the fact that racism against black people is more prevalent in your American communities and neighborhoods, I pray for your eyes to open.

I've seen the statistics. Yes, police brutality happens to white people.
No one is saying it doesn't.
But here's the difference:
Typically, white people aren't suspected of being trouble makers or suspicious until they have done something troubling or suspicious.
The same is absolutely not true for black people. If you don't get that, I hope you take the time to really try and understand what it's like for them every day, not just when you see them on the news. Please take the time to read my previous post detailing some of the treatment my husband has personally experienced.
Many of you know my husband. You know that he is one of funniest and most friendly people out there. Until he can walk into an establishment, minding his own business and being polite to everyone he encounters, without being followed around by the anti-theft department for no good reason, there is no real, actual equality. That is why they're mad. That is why they are calling for change. That is why they are trying to get our attention.

On the topic of the protests, don't be outraged by the outrage. Seek to understand it. Seek to understand a population of people that continue to be treated unfairly, oftentimes for no reason at all.
Think about the ones who skipped the rioting.
Focus on the ones who are praying and holding their babies tight at home; the ones who are fearful for their lives and the lives of spouses and children on a daily basis because of the tragedy they witness time and time again; the ones who are just as disgusted as you are by the violent activity afterward.
If we are not to judge all cops, based on the activity of a few and we are not to judge white or black people on the activity of some, then don't judge the outraged on the activity of some either. I understand that activity doesn't "help their cause" and it "makes the good ones look bad." Be quiet.
Focus on those good ones.

People of all races do bad things. But the fact is that not all of them are judged fairly from the start. Not all of them have to do a bad thing before they are profiled and dealt with accordingly.
Some of them never get the chance.
Start giving everyone a chance.
Don't be colorblind. That's not the solution.
See color. Delight in all that everyone has to offer, no matter what they look like.

Look at the bigger picture. Turn off the TV and look at the bigger picture.

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