I remember the moment I first began to understand.
It was 1999. I was in a training session for new InterVarsity staff that was focused on “Multi-ethnicity and Racial Reconciliation.” Led by a diverse team of senior staff, we had spent three days studying the Bible and listening to leaders of color. I trusted these wise elders; I wanted to learn.
So, I asked my honest question: “If America is still racist, why don’t I ever see it?” The white man leading the training answered me simply: “Because you’re white.”
A lightbulb went on for the first time.
It’s embarrassing now to admit how plainly I needed this spelled out to me. All along I had been open to believing that racism was still active in the U.S., but I expected to experience it myself if it was true. As though racism is an equal opportunity societal ill. Continue reading “When the light bulb went on for me: resources for this moment”