Today, If You are White

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Today, if you are white, we have one job to do. Today, if you are white, it doesn’t matter where you go to church or if you go to church, but it matters that we do this one thing … Today, in the aftermath of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, it is required of us that we become quiet. In the aftermath of Charlottesville, we need to bow our heads and we humble our hearts and ask the God of the Universe this one question: Lord, are there any traces of white supremacy in me?

Listen carefully. Listen and don’t rush. Take a breath. You might not like the gentle whisper that comes back so clearly through the hallways of your heart. The gentle whisper that rings, Yes.

Yes.

No condemnation. Just truth.

You may gasp. You may shudder.

You may be horrified.

Yes, be horrified, because this is ugliness … This is the dark secrets of our souls passed down through generations of supremacy and superiority and hierarchy. These tentacles of supremacy have allowed history to swing in favour of our white skins and our white bodies.

Be horrified.

And sit with the ugliness … Own it.

Has something in your life given this ugliness authority in your soul? Some experience? The systemic racism you grew up in? The laws of your land?

Because if it has a right to be nestled into your soul, we ask: What gives it the right to be here, Lord? How have I allowed it?

What story, or belief or law have I adhered to that welcomed in this spirit of supremacy?

And then, when you look the roots straight in the eye, you weep and you give it all to Jesus. There at the foot of the cross, you lay down the ugliness … You name it by its right name.

You confess that most ugly, most secret, most covered up sin of white supremacy … You take off the blinders and the secrecy and the hiding and you lay it before the Lord of Mercy.

Lord, I confess the spirit of supremacy within me. Take it from me, Lord. Heal me and make me new.

Jesus is not surprised by our sin. Jesus has known all along.

Forgive me, O Lord. 

Forgive us, O God. 

And when you have handed it over and received Mercy and forgiveness, then you get up and do the work of unlearning the centrality of whiteness. Keep listening to the stories in the margins. Watch how systems oppress and stay awake and most of all, walk in friendship.

And maybe you tell somebody.

We do this together.

This is the good news. This is the beautiful and glorious good news that the ugliest, hidden recesses of our souls may come into the Light.

We confess our sins. And then we turn from our wicked ways.

The words of Micah 6:8 keep ringing through my heart: Seek justice, love mercy, walk humbly with your God. Especially that last part—walk humbly.

Doing this work requires deep humility. It is not for the faint of heart, but today, in the aftermath of Charlottesville, it is the only way we move forward. We humble ourselves in the light of the Lord.

Doing this work, requires the laying down of the persons we have constructed and the good we have believed about ourselves. This work requires owning our shadows and inviting in the Light.

But, o, how light is this Way. And how right.

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Idelette McVicker
I like soggy cereal and I would like to go to every spot on the map of the earth to meet our world’s women. I dream of a world where no women or girls are for sale. I dream of a world where women and men are partners in doing the work that brings down a new Heaven on earth. My word last year was “roar” and I learned it’s not about my voice rising as much as it is about our collective voices rising in unison to bring down walls of injustice. This year, my own word is “soar.” I have three children and this place–right here, called shelovesmagazine.com–is my fourth baby. I am African, although my skin colour doesn’t tell you that story. I am also a little bit Chinese, because my heart lives there amongst the tall skyscrapers of Taipei and the mountains of Chiufen. Give me sweet chai and I think I’m in heaven. I live in Vancouver, Canada and I pledged my heart to Scott 11 years ago. I believe in kindness and calling out the song in each other’s hearts. I also believe that Love covers–my gaps, my mistakes and the distances between us. I blog at idelette.com and tweet @idelette.
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  • That’s kind you for leading the way with this, for helping us know how to seek confession and humility before we begin to seek justice. This is so important!

  • Beautiful words from a beautiful heart. I appreciate you leading us to look within first before we begin pointing fingers at others. Thank you giving us something tangible to hang our feelings on this weekend.

    • Thank you so much. Together we go forward …

  • Ganise C.

    💗🌹

  • I’m so glad I checked in here tonight before ending my day. This is a most helpful focus, Idelette. Thank you.

  • Saskia Wishart

    Thank you for giving us words and direction dear Idelette, and for going first in repenting of something that I know most of us want to pretend is not present in our own lives.

  • We need this. I need this. Thank you.

  • Jamie

    Thank you for these words. We need this.