As a Hispanic female, I’ve experienced racism, stigmatization, profiling and hatred. But as a Hispanic female, I have also grown up around biased conversations, stereotypical assumptions and erroneous belief systems passed down from previous generations. It is not okay to dismiss the conversations at hand.
It is very insensitive to say that there are better things to discuss, than the current political climate of our nation (and the world). There is NOTHING better to talk about than the reality people of color face on a daily basis. For decades, more like centuries… they (and we) have accepted inequality, injustice, profiling and oppression as NORMAL. 2020 has shown us that it is time to change what we have accepted as okay. We entered the year with high expectations and idealistic goals. Little did we know that our lives would shift on a global scale.
Sympathy is the same as pity: I notice what you are going through, I’m sorry for you. Sympathy is not enough for change. Compassion, on the other hand, is to be moved to action by your emotions to relieve the suffering of another. Compassion is to ACT. The bible says that Jesus is the Father of compassion, He had compassion for the people He served. He acted in their favor, He comforted and healed them. He mourned with those who mourned. It is important to have open conversations with our loved ones about how to operate from a place of love. It is important and valid to educate ourselves, accept responsibility and promote change. It is not okay to dismiss the conversation at hand, it’s not okay to be fearful, judgmental, blame shifting, defensive or any of the things we have seen within the past couple of weeks.
If our country can stand up and boldly protest for the LGBTQ community, women’s rights, pro-choice, public policy, and other topics; why should protecting and changing how Blacks are and have been treated be a challenge?
Are you chosen of God? Be compassionate.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.