by Conference Minister Diane Weible
I’m going to keep it short today because what I have to say feels obvious for those of us who wholly embrace the values of the UCC and, yet, it has become even more obvious to me that there can never be too many reminders. Sometimes the best reminder is served short and to the point.
My biggest issue with Black History Month is the word month. Why do we think that delegating the importance of black history to one month out of twelve is the way to change the dominant cultural waters we all are swimming in?
I want to invite all of us, especially my Euro-American colleagues, to join me in making every day a chance to study black history (as well as all cultures that do not benefit from white supremacy). I commit to—every day—reading at least one chapter in a book that teaches me something that the dominant culture has tried to hide from me all my life in order to perpetuate the power and control, or out of fear that if I learn the truth about what others experience, I may want to fight for change. I commit to—every day—listening to a podcast or reading a news story that pulls me out of my comfort zone and invites me to a new understanding. I commit to—every day, if possible—engaging in a conversation with other people who share my skin color in an effort to do my own work. And, if I cannot do that with someone else, I will commit to diving into my own mind and body and soul and do that work within.
I hope you will join me.