I had the most inspiring conversation tonight.
A week or so ago, a friend reached out to see when we could catch up over dinner – not having spent time with her in a while I was eager to make this happen soon, so today it was.
I couldn’t have come up with where the conversation went.
Unbeknownst to me, my friend who was born and raised in Alabama comes from a background not uncommon to many of our white brothers and sisters in the South – a home nostalgic for the ‘good old days’, with stories of chasing black men across acres of land with a rifle and nothing but disapproval for places where whites and blacks would share the same world.
She had seen me post snippets of my trip to the South and was curious to hear about my experience down there.
From her genuine interest in my experience to the matter-of-fact acknowledgement of how things were and still are, to the desperate and genuine desire to work out how she could play her part in making a difference and changing the narrative of race in a country deeply divided – it truly blessed me to share with her tonight.
So that’s why I’m sharing this with you:
And become someone who speaks up against injustice and oppression.
Not the one sowing into the soil of misunderstanding, divide, hate and fury.
That’s how we change the world.
One brave decision at a time.
One conversation at a time.
One dinner at a time.
Thank you for dinner friend – you know who you are.
I’ve learnt a lot tonight.