Most folks wouldn’t touch race with a ten foot pole but I feel drawn to it. I started this blog and this journey with you ten years ago on an Ash Wednesday. Back then, it was called The Daily Race. Name changed and seasons changed but I have kept on writing. The words have only deepened in me and dug in over time.
Most of us would say that the world hasn’t changed much but these raceless words still come to me. Unfortunately for race and its progeny, it is on repeat. This post will mark 1,333.
I stood by them in protest last summer in Washington, D.C. when I marched down the city’s streets in support of the victims of police brutality. These words have taken me places, presenting papers in Zurich, Switzerland and Nassau, Bahamas before the members of the Baptist World Alliance, leading a raceless retreat at the Servant Leadership School in Washington, D.C., making presentations before ministry leaders to include the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Children, Youth and a New Kind of Christianity conference and during citywide events in Henderson, Kentucky and Jefferson City, Missouri. This blog has been picked up by other media outlets and I have been interviewed on a couple of podcasts.
The raceless gospel has been quoted in the Journal of Ecumenical Studies and is also featured in paperback. We’ve been published in Faith Forward: A Dialogue on Children, Youth and a New Kind of Christianity, which makes us official! These words have gone a long way to include across the pond with the Baptist Union of Great Britain. With the hopes of passing the message along to even more people, I have added the raceless gospel to several other social media platforms.
And still we have a long way to go and I have so much more to say. While race certainly does not speak for me, I pray that I have empowered some of you to talk back to race, to back race up into a corner any time and every time it seeks to corner you and limit your space. I pray that you take all of these words in and breathe them out so that we can live this reality. Counting to ten, join me in celebrating our anniversary.