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  •  Not to toot my own horn, but just an example: (17+ / 0-)

    I am a member of a liberal but very WHITE congregation, part of the ELCA (Lutheran) tradition.  We have a few minority members, one of whom is a committee chair and is the black husband of a white woman and father of 3 children.  A recent new member is part Native American, and she had complained that she was not welcomed warmly the first time she attended, and was wondering if that was racially motivated.  

    The church council took up that issue. I was sitting next to the black man, and I listened to everyone (all the other white people like myself) talk about and around the issue.  Finally, I named a well-known member of the congregation, and said that SHE had complained of our lack of welcoming, "and hardly anyone could be more white than [her name]."  It shocked everyone but the black man, who seemed very happy that I had said this.

    20 years ago, in a different, but also very WHITE church, we had an "expert" on race relations come to talk to the adults.  At one point, I mentioned that my mother's black boyfriend treated her better than my father ever had, and that his treatment of my mother was how I judged him.  This brought out actual gasps of surprise.  They had no idea of this situation in my family.

    Other people have noticed how I wade into the middle of issues like poverty, healthcare inequality, and race.  It is simply my perception that tiptoeing around the edges of a problem has never solved it--one must acknowledge it and look it in the face.  Like what Karl Jung had said about one's shadow.

    To say my fate is not tied to your fate is like saying, "Your end of the boat is sinking."--Hugh Downs

    by Dar Nirron on Mon Jun 08, 2009 at 07:47:02 AM PDT

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