Imagine Having to Explain to Your Child…

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According to both Ancestry and 23andMe, my DNA carries only a tiny percentage of African Nigerian. But I feel it. Oh yes, I feel it. During the Jim Crow segregationist years, my paternal grandfather ran away from his black mother when he was just 12 years old. He wanted to live in the white world and he was light enough to pass.

He never went back to his black family. But I feel it in my blood and in my bones. Oh yes, I do. When I sing and dance, I have been asked, by several black people, where I get my soul. I didn’t know the answer, until I was 23 and my dad told me the family secret. But even then, the first words out of my mouth were “I knew it!”

When I was a six-year-old blonde-headed, freckled white girl, growing up in a community where the white folks bragged about running black people out of town, my mom took me to the doctor one day to see about my tonsils. Everyone in the waiting room — including my mother — sat as far away as possible from a young black couple with two small children and terrified eyes. I felt it very much, then! Even though I did not yet know about my great-grandmother being a black woman, I Felt It! And I couldn’t understand WHY all the white people were shunning the black family, because — my black and white cat had recently had a litter of kittens. Each of her kittens was a totally different color. BUT — THEY WERE ALL KITTENS!!! They all had tiny whiskers, and soft fur, and little tails, and tiny claws. They all cried Meow, they all purred. It made no difference, what their colors were.

I am proud to have an ancestor who was a slave. But I am deeply ashamed of my prejudiced, white ancestors. We were all created by God and made in His image. We are all the same inside, just like the black and white, and the orange stripped, and the gray tabby kittens that were born in a single litter. They were all kittens. And we are all humans.

This post by the movie director Mitch Teemley is perfect for today. Please visit his blog, too. Thank you and God Bless. ❤❤❤

Mitch Teemley

Rose, Father Peter, IngridRenika Williams, center, in the feature film Healing River.

This week in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a black man named George Floyd choked to death while a white police officer knelt on his neck, ignoring his pleas.

I am not qualified to speak about this. And by “this” I mean the ongoing pandemic of racism, an issue that white people in the U.S.–people like me–are perpetually blind to. Many of my friends, black and white, are speaking out about the incident. I haven’t spoken until now because, as I said, I am not qualified.

But one woman, a brilliant young actress named Renika Williams, whom I had the great pleasure of directing in her first feature film Healing River, has spoken both painfully and powerfully on the issue. I not only admire Renika’s talent, but love her as a person. She’s a joyful, faith-filled beam of light that floods every room she…

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10 thoughts on “Imagine Having to Explain to Your Child…

  1. @preacherbiker May 28, 2020 / 1:30 pm

    I was not raised to be prejudiced
    My dad always said to judge people how they treat others

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  2. Paul Martin May 29, 2020 / 8:18 pm

    Part of my testimony is that I was once a proponent of racism…. But God set me free, and changed my heart!!! We all bleed and need! What I mean is that we all bleed red blood as humans… And we ALL need the blood of Christ to set us free! Praise God! He delivered me! I will ever speak out against racism!

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    • Lady Quixote/Linda Lee May 29, 2020 / 9:33 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing this, Paul. Belatedly, after I had already posted this, it occurred to me that what I said here may sound like I am bragging about not ever being prejudiced. I didn’t mean for it to come across that way. I think my lack of prejudice was simply due to my black and white cat having three kittens, each a different color, when I was six years old. This taught me, better than any words could have ever done, that prejudice based on color makes no sense at all.

      I have thought about deleting this post, because it sounds braggy. But, since it’s a reblog, I couldn’t quite bring myself to do it. What do you think? I value your opinion, if you care to share it.

      The whole truth about my human nature is this: without Christ, there is nothing good in me. I have some things in my past history that it breaks my heart to think about, things that I would give anything to be able to go back in time and undo. Thank God for His mercy and saving grace. Thank God that in Christ, we are made new!

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      • Paul Martin May 30, 2020 / 7:45 am

        I didn’t think you were being “braggy”. I think that you are, and should be proud of your heritage! Racism is not an innate behavior. It is a learned behavior! The fact that you never had any prejudice is something to be thankful for, rather than ashamed of.
        I posted a post on my Facebook about the cause of racism. The true cause is not the darkness of one’s skin, but the darkness of the heart of man without Christ! We all, without Christ are capable of even the WORST sin! If we think we’re not, then we are calling God’s word a lie. (Jer 17:9) As a prison Minister, I have heard time and time again from inmates, “I never thought I would/could do the things that I did to get me here.” It is SIN that is the cause of it all. For myself, I know I am forgiven for my past, but I still wear the scars. When I see what is happening now in Minneapolis, I’m reminded of my past! But I gladly wear the scars though! It reminds me that if I can be forgiven and healed, then so can that officer! Though he must face justice, he can be set free from his SIN in Christ! SIN is the root cause of all evil! And Christ is the CURE for ALL sin! There IS a HEALER! He can heal hearts, lives, and if we’re willing, our NATION! Sorry for the long reply.

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  3. Beverley June 21, 2020 / 11:30 am

    Great post Linda. Well said. You were not bragging at all. You were speaking from your heart.

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  4. Beverley June 21, 2020 / 11:30 am

    Great post Linda. Well said. You were not bragging at all. You were speaking from your heart.

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