You can tell your story here. You will be heard here.
There are things that we’re afraid of.
We’re afraid to feel our stories. We’re afraid we won’t be heard.
We’re afraid that race might just be the great divider we can never overcome. That our differences and the contrast between our pain is so great that we can never truly understand each other. That our experiences are so separate - even when we work, live, and shop shoulder-to-shoulder - that real connection is impossible.
We’re afraid. And as our fear grows, it is eating the hope of connection alive, convincing us that we have no choice but to fear more and connect less.
It’s not true. I’m here to tell you that it’s just not true.
You can tell your story here. You will be heard here. Your discomfort and fear is an invitation. An invitation calling you to connect authentically, openly and with the hope that comes not from pretending but from telling the truth.
The truth that comes when we stop reaching for fear and start running towards connection.
When we learn how to open our hearts and tell the truth about how we experience race.
When we open our mouths not to prove a point or be right, but to transform the questions we don’t have the answers to into human stories we get to discover together.
When we let go of pretending to know and start learning how to listen.
When we give ourselves the space and time we need to be in the journey of transforming race from an insurmountable barrier of difference into living human experiences that bind us together.
When we begin to grasp that race is more than an abstract theory; it is a created reality we all live.
When we are willing to move away from seeking belonging through exclusion, and instead choose to create belonging by sliding over and making some room, then that is when we will begin to see each other, understand each other, hear one another.
That is when the pain of race ceases to become endless, and everyday human experiences become palpable and real.
We begin to transform the unspeakable, the impossible, the insurmountable, and the inescapable into raw human connection as we open the door to conscious choice and plant one more seed of belonging in the world.
You are capable. The way things have been is not the way things have to always be.