Almighty Color

There are those of us that would argue that money rules the world but I believe that money has a viable competitor: color. For many people, the social coloring of one’s skin determines whether or not you will carry the world on your shoulder or spin it on your finger like a Harlem Globetrotter. The social coloring of one’s skin, specifically whiteness as there are high and low colors that can make you or break you, predetermine your class and social status. Whiteness is the “silver spoon” of race. You must have enough of this “whiteness” to make it in American society, to be successful and it is perceived that if you have it, there are no limits to what you can do. Whiteness opens doors and affords us opportunities that we would not have otherwise had. And you either have it or you don’t; you’re either born into it or you’re not.

(Social) color motivates us; it drives us. We marry for (social) color. We go to war for (social) color. It is a pigment of our imagination that opens and closes our minds to the possibilities of what God has to offer. Color holds us in the palm of its hand and it can either elevate us or crush us. It all depends… on the social coloring our skin.

We have no say in what social color we will be. Race cannot be judged as graceless or biased. Its “thoughts are not our thoughts and its ways are not our ways.” It is simply the way of the world of race and unlike God, when it comes to race, we don’t question it. We are made in its image and for many, so is God. We have complete and unwavering faith in it for good or for ill. Why is that? It is because God has a competitor: race. Will it be hard for those who believe in the supremacy of color to perceive, to practice or to enter into the kingdom of God (Matthew 19.16-28)? We have loved God; we have kept the commandments but some of us will find it hard to leave behind the gains of the social coloring of our skin. Is (social) color almighty in your life?

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Seeking to lead words and people to their highest and most authentic expression, I am the principal architect of a race/less world.

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