Growing Up Black in America – Making Things Better

When we look at problems it is very easy to see all the things wrong with the world. But what can we do to begin to make things better? How can we set things right for future generations? I think there are a variety of things we can do to ensure that racial discrimination and […]

Growing Up Black in America – Making Things Better

When we look at problems it is very easy to see all the things wrong with the world. But what can we do to begin to make things better? How can we set things right for future generations?

I think there are a variety of things we can do to ensure that racial discrimination and this whole idea of one group of people are better than another is done away with. These include:

• Becoming more sensitive to the challenges people all over the world are facing – when we live in America we sometimes fail to remember that one in nine people in the world goes to bed hungry each night. It’s not because they are lazy or misusing their resources; it’s because they don’t have enough to eat. I must see that if me and my children go to bed fed it is because God has blessed us with resources. We could have been born in one of the poorer countries and suffer the same fate.
• Have more friends from different cultures- I remember being a young man and choosing to live in a community where people were different than me. My Spanish friends had rice with every meal. When they invited me over and we talked about food I told them I was not use to eating rice every day. Some days I had no rice in any meal. They could not understand how anyone lives a day without rice. It was a great learning experience.
• Make sure your children have friends different than them – the world our children and grandchildren will grow up in is not a segregated world. They have to know how to get along with different cultures because many of them will marry into them. My oldest son is married to an Asian woman. Their culture is certainly different than ours.
• Intentionally chose to live a life where you openly accept the differences of others – we don’t look alike, eat the same foods, enjoy the same music or interact the same. Some cultures are very family oriented, some more independent. Some focus on education while others push working. These approaches are not wrong, just different. Embrace being different. Thank God we are not all the same size, color, height, weight and share the same interests.

Imagine how boring the world would be if we were all the same. Think about having all your children the same. All wives looking the same. Husbands who you can’t distinguish in a crowd. One type of tree, one flower, one dog, one cat. Creativity would die if everything looked and acted the same. We need variety to feel alive. It’s OK to be different.

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