Good day Blessed Ones; as we continue on through this Lenten Season, which is the day of Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday, I find myself not understanding why there is so much hatred in the world, especially during this time. I mean I understand that we have a new President in the White House who understands the Lenten Season as much as he understands Saint Patrick’s Day, but I am also experiencing this from my neighbors as well, let me explain.
About a week ago a young girl/lady came to our door trying to sell us magazines as a fundraiser or maybe a job that she had. And as my Beloved spoke to her at the door he let her know that we were not interested because Lord knows we already have so many magazines but it was for a good cause so he almost decided to participate but then realized most of the magazines she was selling we are already receiving. So he bid her good luck and on her way she went. But as I was noticing the different messages on my neighborhood blog that I am a part of “Nextdoor.com” I came across a message from a woman that stated that she felt the young girl/woman, and she had to put an emphasis on this that she was “African American” that she was suspicious and she felt concerned for her family and her home.
Really, a young girl/woman selling magazines is a threat to your home and your wellbeing because she is an African American young girl she had to be up to something and you know that something had to be no good. I was so offended by this but then instead of sending a message through Nextdoor.com I proceeded to just monitor the situation to see how far it was going to go. And I didn’t have to wait too long before other neighbors started to sound even more paranoid than the first woman stating that yes she came to my home as well and the company that she is working for they take your money but don’t really send out the magazines, etc.
Okay, so finally I decided to state that I was offended and I reported the original lady and her post as discriminatory, racist and whatever other thing that was derogatory. Then I was asked did I want to send the originator a private message, well I hadn’t thought about that but then I decided that I should so that I could explain to her why I did what I did. Well I stated that there are many children that come to our doors in this new neighborhood and without mentioning race or ethnicity I stated that when I deal with people I usually don’t look at color first and then other things last. But that since we are in a diverse neighborhood I would if I were her be cognizant of what she is saying and how she is saying it because it is and feels very racist.
So as the kids like to say she clapped back and stated that when her home and her family are being threatened she doesn’t care what anyone thinks she will mention age, sex, race, and whatever else she needs to to identify the individual or individuals and she was sorry that I felt offended because that was not her intent but that is how she felt. So after receiving this message I decided to go into prayer about the issue I felt that there had to be some way of explaining to this woman and to all that feel threatened by our children of color just for existing in this world.
So I have decided to say this to all that will listen and to all that won’t. I and many like me are not here to make you feel threatened or uncomfortable or uneasy by our sheer existence on this planet. But please understand that you and those like you do make me and mine uneasy and very uncomfortable when you decide to use something as simple and as beautiful as a child or young adult trying to make a little cash by being employed by a company that sells magazines subscriptions door to door. If you don’t want to live around people of color be they whatever ethnic group they are then don’t and believe me there are a lot of locations in this city that are as lily white as they go so please live there and allow the rest of us who love the diversity of color, of sexual orientation, and all other forms of diversity the opportunity to enjoy them in peace.
I did respond back to the lady after she responded to me and to be honest I wasn’t as Lenten accepting with my comments as I should have been forgive me Father, but I have decided to do this in my new neighborhood. I want all of the people who feel that they have the “W” privilege to live somewhere that is all lily white for them in the middle of a diverse neighborhood that maybe this is not the place for you and believe me when I tell you we don’t want you here anyway. So the next time you see a pink or green or maybe even a yellow Easter Bunny as a decoration on someone’s lawn or maybe even as a decoration on their windows think about how beautiful those colors all look together, and that is how many of us see the world as a beautiful multi-colored palette of beauty that shines out into the world how amazing it is that we are all in this together to love one another, to enjoy and celebrate our differences and to see each and every day as an opportunity to shine that amazing light out into the world.
May you find ways to continue your Lenten Season with positivity and love and all good things; for that is what Jesus died for on the cross and that is what many of us are dying for each and every day, God bless you all.