Freedom 

True story. 

It is a Tuesday night and fourteen people have gathered to learn about the Red Boot Coalition. We are in a circle. 

All are white, wealthy and executives in my city’s top firms. 

It is our first time together and we are pondering the question that goes with The Red Boot Coalition’s first Core Principle. 

“Why do you matter?”

For four long and uncomfortable minutes, folks try to wrap their minds around that simple but powerful question. Finally someone responds. 

——————–
It is the same week and it is Thursday afternoon. 

Fourteen people have gathered to learn about the Red Boot Coalition. We are in a circle. 

Most are black or Hispanic, poor and all are in jail. 

It is our first time together and we are pondering the question that goes with The Red Boot Coalition’s first Core Principle. 

“Why do you matter?”

In less than ten seconds someone responds. 

This morning, as I share this with you, I think about liberation and fear…and wonder who is truly free. 

I feel my heart expand a little.

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