Friends Do That

Food for thought on a Friday morning and I don’t think there’s a right or wrong here. I’m just pondering…

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of meeting with some folks at the King Center in Atlanta. 

I was the only white person in the room. 

At one point someone said, “Ya know…the whole time we’ve been sitting here, I’ve kind of been wondering what’s it’s like for you…being the only white person here. I mean…we’ve been talking some deep things about race, injustice and oppression and I just wonder what that feels like for you.”

I paused for a minute and said, “Well, I muddle my way through a lot of things and just try to be myself. A friend of mine who is black (thank you Toussaint Romain) once told me “You be you and I’ll be me and let’s go where we can to make a positive difference. You can have impact in places I can’t “get into” and the same holds for me. But together we can make a world of difference.”

I continued, “And that’s why I go where life takes me and try to be the best white ally I can, to my black friends.”

Everyone was still for a minute. 

And then one of our group, who is a powerhouse and change maker said, “Why do you have to be a white ally to your black friends? Why can’t you just be a friend to them?”

Comments always welcome. Because I wonder if it’s this simple or this complicated. Either way…lets talk about it.

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