Step 2: Learn (Diversify Your Input)
The second step in this work toward racial reconciliation is to learn—diversifying your input and being an educator of yourself.
Latasha challenged me, and those listening, to make an effort to learn from those who don’t look like you. That could mean:
- Being in community with people from different backgrounds.
- Following people on social media who look and think differently from you.
- Assessing the books you’re reading, the pastors you’re listening to, and the TV you’re watching.
And that doesn’t just mean watching Black Panther, Latasha said.
Make an effort to diversify the content you’re consuming, the people you listen to, and learn from someone whose life experience has been totally different from your own.
If you’re looking for a good place to start learning, Be the Bridge has a great list of resources (books, movies, seminars) that are perfect for anyone wanting to diversify their input.
Step 3: Lament (Tell the Truth)
Lamenting, or a truthful expression of loss or hardship, is arguably one of the most difficult steps in this process of facing racial issues head on.
As Latasha put it, to lament is to tell history as it is.
She talked about places like Germany, South Africa, Rwanda...all countries that have a history of seriously terrible racial injustice. These are also countries that have made an effort to bring healing and restoration to the communities and groups that have been harmed.
Not by glossing over what happened in the past, but by telling the truth and confronting it.
We have to lament our history, however uncomfortable that may be. Not to shame the guilty parties, but to bring that healing Latasha talks about.
When we feel overwhelmed and full of shame, let’s cry out to God to create change. Let’s lament.
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