White is Not a Language

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IMG_4886-1.pngWhat is that old flag doing in his hands?

The punch in my gut also brought the tears.

Today I weep for and with the people of Charleston. The more I think about the one who held that old flag, the more I want to shout, You don’t get to speak for our Humanity!

Racism, you don’t get to win. Even on days like today when it feels like it could.

Lord Jesus, help us.

So, to the one bearing that old South African flag:

You don’t speak for me. You don’t speak for my white skin or even for every white body that lived under that old flag.

You speak for Fear.
You speak for Evil.
You speak for Supremacy.
Not Humanity.

You speak for small and tight and white.
Not Freedom.

You don’t speak for me.

You may have a white skin, but you are not my brother.

My brothers and sisters are the ones who sat in that prayer meeting on a Wednesday night.
My brothers and sisters are the ones who are weeping at the injustice of your hatred.

My brothers and sisters are the ones who will keep going to church, who will keep worshiping the God of all nations, who will keep walking through the barriers and boundaries, in spite of so much hurting.

My brothers and sisters are the ones who keep rising against racism, keep lifting against oppression and keep leaning against inequality.

My brothers and sisters are the ones who keep choosing Love.

Stop speaking with your gun and your violence.
Stop speaking with your Fear and your intolerance.
Stop speaking with your skin.

White is not a language.
White is not even a future.
White is not a thread that ties us together.
Humanity is.

So, enough already.
Enough. Enough. Enough.

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  • http://www.julieannemauno.com Julie-Anne Mauno

    Idelette, I’m staring at this comment box and trying to find the words to express my emotions and gratitude for your words. Your work at SheLoves, your voice in this space, it’s pushing back this darkness. I especially love these words:

    “White is not a language.
    White is not even a future.
    White is not a thread that ties us together.
    Humanity is.”

    Maybe the best way to honour your words, is to join you in saying STOP! and to keep choosing love. Over and over again, I will keep choosing love.

    Julie-Anne

    • http://www.idelette.com idelette

      Thank you, Julie-Anne … so much. Let’s keep pushing back the darkness. YES!