Repenting of Racism

Thank God this author managed to keep her beautiful heart. What a brave little girl she was. And it would be interesting to hear how she managed to maintain her values and what those values are that helped her grow into the adult that compliments the little girl who had a sense of fairness and equality at such a young age. This is a beautiful post, and I think is a perfect post to be shared on The United States of America’s “Independence Day.” Today is one day when we can learn to appreciate the opinions and respect the beliefs of others – while unity is the main focus on our minds – because tomorrow is an ordinary day and what changes we make today can have a positive influence on a brand new day.

For me this post reminds me that we shouldn’t stop our children debating issues, even the controversial ones – it should be encouraged at home and in the learning environment; and I think this is why I love this post so much. Children have a good sense of what is wrong with the world and when we stop them from talking about issues or make them feel badly about the issues we discuss, we can lead them down a difficult path. A child will ask questions and a child will try to understand and make sense of its world – this is what this article translates to me. Today, a lot of children have a ‘gut feeling’ they are waiting to unravel, or as Christians refer to it, the holy spirit speaking to us, we have to listen to the good parts of our soul, its looking out for us and prodding us to say what is on our mind in order to better our world.We can fix racism in the learning environment regardless of whether it is being practiced in the home. This is why debate is a very important tool.  God bless America!

Revolutionary Faith

Art on the Charleston shooting by Madeleine Schimming, age 7

When I was in college, I took a public speaking class. One of the last assignments of the semester was to make a 10-minute persuasive speech on a self-selected topic. While most other students chose to do their speeches on abortion and capital punishment, I chose the topic of “oppositional culture” in the African American community. For those of you who don’t know what that is, oppositional culture refers to the way in which black people resist conformity to many aspects of the dominant (i.e., white) culture to avoid being seen as “acting white” by their peers. It is a very controversial theory that has too often been used to overgeneralize the experience of black Americans and blame them for low social and economic achievement.

I delivered this speech to a mixed group of peers at a major…

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