Here are a few metaphors that we have used in actual conversations, and have found them to be helpful ways to respond to common talking points and make some space from new perspectives.
And just as a note – none of these metaphors are perfect…because they short metaphors – not exhaustive 300 page treatises.
1 month. It’s been 1 month. And the bar has been set so low that I’m at a point where any day we don’t enter into nuclear war is a good day. When President Trump was still President-elect Trump, I went through an accelerated grieving process as he was not the candidate I had in … Continue reading What I’ve Learned from Talking With White People Since the Election
We have to learn how to better leverage our privilege by centering the stories and experiences of our friends of color, and demanding better for them. It’s not always easy, it’s not always pretty, but it is always the choice we have to make.
Last week I was lazily scrolling through my Facebook feed when I ran across yet another of Franklin Graham’s ignorant xenophobic statements. As a Latina evangelical it made me so angry I almost threw my phone across the room. God does tell us to help the stranger and those in need; but God doesn’t tell … Continue reading I Stand with the 19% Who Resisted & I’m Not Leaving the Evangelical Church
What if we PRACTICED or REHEARSED what we will say when we witness harassment, threats and injustice? Denial, Hate, Silence and Shame This weekend, while traveling for business in Alabama, an African American friend of mine was denied service at a store. She was called a series racial slurs and verbally threatened. “I knew I … Continue reading Rehearsal for Racism
A List of Rose-Colored Microaggressions, Said With Love I was seventeen, and a stack of college brochures collected dust atop my bedroom vanity. I sat up against my headboard, eyeing them in the mirror—UCLA, UC Davis, Boston University, NYU. “What if I just applied to an HBCU instead?” I said into the phone. Historically Black … Continue reading Love Letters from My White Boyfriends