I am changing.

16 Jan

I know that these changes should have happened long ago.  I know that I was blinded for far too long.  But I am glad that I had patient teachers, and people who have helped me along my journey.

My journey started in the countryside of Indiana in a rural conservative church.  Race was never discussed at our church.  What I do know is that everyone liked our town the way it was – completely white.  Even though I never heard about race from a pulpit, people from my church would regularly discuss race.  It was a strange world where God’s love and racism could supposedly cohabit.  It was all I had ever known, but I am changing.

When my family and I decided to buy a house in Minnesota, people kept talking to us about where to buy our home.  We were constantly advised against moving near the church in which we served because they predicted falling property values and declining school districts due to diversity.  It once would have been an easy decision, but I am changing.

A couple of weeks ago at work, a co-worker started talking about the Ferguson case.  In angry tones, he complained how protestors were ignorant.  His solution was that they should shut up and go get their welfare checks.  I was not a part of the conversation; however, his words were so offensive, that I could not handle it.  I still can hardly believe the words that came out of my mouth as I silenced the offender.  I once was silent, but I am changing.

I am not who I was, but I am not yet who I should be.

I will overcome my past.

I will choose diversity.

I will speak up.

I will stand with you… because Black Lives Matter.

I know that your message is being heard, and that lives are being changed.  I know because I am one of them.

This change will not end with me.  I am also purposeful to raise my three sons to one day stand beside you and me as we work towards unity and equality here in America.

 

Superhero puzzleDr. G. David Boyd is the Founder and Managing Director of EA Resources.  He is the father of three sons whom he aspires to raise with a love for all people, and a passion for justice in our society.

 

2 Responses to “I am changing.”

  1. Melinda K. Taylor January 16, 2015 at 08:23 #

    Dave I am so proud of you. I have always felt like that. I have wondered how the same mouth that said a beautiful prayer to God a couple of minutes ago could talk so evil about another person just because of their race or religion. I have lots of friends of all races and religions and I cherish their friendships and their cultures. They add so much to this adventure I call my life.

  2. nvance34 January 16, 2015 at 11:30 #

    This is so great David. I have no doubt you will use your platform well to further this message!

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