WHO WANTS TO BE A BLACK MAN? I published an article called John Hosa Wants to Be a White Man! on The Huffington Post last week. While it received some interesting comments on Facebook and on Huff-post, I have yet to find any white folks who said they wanted trade places John Hosa, Keith Scotts, Terence Crutcher, Tamir Rice, or any other African-American, killed or living.
My friend, an educator and organizer, shared a short clip of American educator, Jane Elliot speaking about race to a group of college kids. It’s a powerful scene. She invites all those white people in the lecture hall who want to be treated the way “our black citizens are treated in this society” to stand. Of course, not one person stands up. Elliot says that the fact that no one stood-up “says very plainly that you know what’s happening, you know you don’t want it for you. I want to know why you’re so willingly to accept it or allow it to happen for others.”
If you’re not already involved with a good church or with community organizations that are actively engaged in conversation about justice and working toward racial healing in America, I encourage you to get engaged now. And while you’re at it, get out and vote this November for those people and issues on the ballot that will best support the goal of ending racial inequality and injustice, and help us bring hope and healing to America.
Vote. Then act. Then act some more. If you find yourself losing steam, then answer the question: why does John Hosa want to be a white man. Or why you would never change places with him.