Moving on to Race-lessness
“I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality, rather than climb the rattling wagon of wishful illusions. ” ~ Zora Neale Hurston
“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false and to incur my own abhorrence.” ~ Frederick Douglass
Race-lessness is a journey in truth-telling and self- confrontation. It will require spiritual discipline, obedience to the commandments of Christ and faith in His proclamations. Race-lessness is counter-cultural and counter- intuitive. It goes against our familial traditions and the pattern of history. It is a step in another direction, a way not often taken. To live without race, one will need to focus her/his eyes on Jesus Christ as the solution instead of looking at others as the problem.
We need to walk away from race and not look back. Here are just a few steps to move you in that direction.
1. Study race as a spiritual discipline. Don’t just allow it come into your life without introduction or explanation. Don’t accept it without finding out what it is and why it has come to you. How does your faith call for you to respond to the presence of race?
2. Examine race. What does it look like in your life and in the lives of those closest to you? Place its stereotypes and prejudices alongside your religious convictions.
3. Ask questions of race and map its relationship to you. How did you meet race or how did you come to know it? How did you come to be known by race? Sometimes, the answer can be found in the form of a question.
4. Talk about race and what it means to you. Tell your story about your relationship with race.
5. Challenge your relationship with race and its position in your life. Question its stereotypes and judge it prejudices. It does not have to be an arranged way of life. You don’t have to accept the terms of this social agreement.
6. Form friendships across cultures. Ignorance breeds fear and fear breeds ignorance. Be an ambassador of the ministry of reconciliation (II Corinthians 5.14-20).
7. Resolve to live a race-less life. Give up coloring people in. Let genuine relationships with others fill in the blanks.