“There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”
While I knew that God desired that I denounce race, I did not know exactly how to say it without hurting someone’s feelings or sense of self. There are millions of people who identify with race and identify themselves through a racial identity but I could not. Perhaps, I am the one in a million for which this category does not fit.
But, my fear did not prevent me; it did not stop my mouth. In fact, not saying it would have silenced me altogether. Race simply does not speak for me and I could never live with myself if I agreed with what it said about others. So, I chose to take a risk.
William Du Bois said, “The most important thing to remember is this: to be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.” I didn’t have to wait until a certain age, until I could legally drive or vote or smoke or enlist in war or drink alcoholic beverages. I didn’t have to wait until the middle of my life. But, I could change now because I was ready to give up race for what I might become.
Now, I don’t know who I will be but I do know that the racial identity by which I existed is so much smaller than who I am even now. I am fuller and freer in step and speech today than when I first said it, “race- less.” And I will say it again and again as an invitation to change and a demonstration of faith in the process of becoming.
I am worth the risk and so are you. So, take it. Take the risk.