Clarifying My Statement On Hate/Racism

I’m going to be brief—for now.  

I’ve had some good conversations about the post I made about hate/racism. 

BUT. 

I realized my simple statement did not clarify what I wanted to communicate—apparently it’s not always easy to read my mind. 

Here’s my why:  

Before we adopted our Asian-born son, hatred from racism was, for the most part, sitting in the backyard of my life.  I knew it was there.  On occasion I became aware of the need to defend and stand up for some of my non-white friends; however, I was protected from the harm of it since I’m U.S.-born and a white, blonde, blue-eyed citizen.  

But.  

Racism walked in the front door of our lives on occasion after our son came home. 

The first time it happened was when he was only 23-months old.  We planned to end our fourth of July celebration by going to the Oregon State Fair grounds to watch  fireworks.  We settled into great seats with our two daughters and son, anticipating a beautiful evening; however, a crowd of young men in the row above spit on us, yelling obscenities at our son.  We left, trying to explain the “whys” to our two daughters.  I knew our son had  felt the impact of racism though he was too young to articulate it.  Our precious child had done nothing to elicit their hateful behavior.  

It was not the only time.

Racism is cruel and harmful to the soul of humanity.  

My soul hurts for those who must endure hatred/racism in the living room of their life every. single. day.  

The one thing I know is that love always wins.  So . . . I stand with my statement . . . 

We, who know and have received the unstoppable power of love, must reignite the revolution of love with courage and boldness not only for this generation but for the generations to come.

More later—Kerrie 

~I hope you and I can connect on August 20 at 10:30 am Pacific Standard Time.This invitation is for you and anyone you can share it with @ https://www.facebook.com/rdcsalem/videos/1695113210797496/  or @ : https://youtu.be/eCC07ERO248

I will be joining a crew talking about the bigger picture of the solar eclipse and so much more on August 20 at 10:30 am.  Because . . . RED DOOR CHURCH (RDC) is meeting online rather than on campus for this one day . . . RDC ECLIPSED DAY.    Invite your friends to hop on wherever they are at 10:30 am pacific standard time.  

We will be putting more directions on the RDC Facebook page.  The RDC website is being made new; however,  you can go there to find your way to RDC Facebook page:  rdcsalem.com.  

And . . . please let us know you are with us on RDC ECLIPSED DAY—it’s so much more fun to know we’re together.  

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