I wrote something recently that I did not write for this blog, but I do want to share it here…
It is our family’s perspective of the importance of talking about race. I think it might give some insight and perspective into some of the ways we are parenting Makenna, as an adoptive family as well as a transracial adoptive family. We are constantly learning, and we seek to do what will be in her best interest, as well as honoring to God.
[ Although this post is fundamentally about the importance of talking about race, because of a few sensitive topics it approaches, I do want to make clear that we are not about “black vs. blue,” or “choosing sides.” Our hearts are for unity. We recognize wrongs on both sides. I know for me personally, I have friends and family members who are in law enforcement or first responders, as well as dear friends and family members who are wives of those in law enforcement or first responders, and I have the utmost and greatest respect for anyone in these fields as they work to serve and protect (at the risk of their own lives!) every day. These people that you and we know, who are out there doing what’s right, are not who this post is talking about. But to support law enforcement cannot, at the same time, ignore, justify, dismiss, excuse, or diminish what does happen to black people in our country. Let us love — let us seek peace and unity as a priority for us all — but let us not be afraid to see and to challenge. With hearts for unity and reconciliation, may we seek justice and understanding. Sometimes that means leaning into hard conversations. And always — listening. ]
Thank you for taking the time to read this!
With love and respect,