I grew up in Memphis, a predominantly Black city.
I live in Orange Mound, a predominantly Black neighborhood.
My neighbor two doors down is a Black policewoman.
My church is multiracial, with leaders who are Black.
My boss is a Black woman whom I respect.
I’ve been gifted with dear Black friends throughout my life.
Having said that, I still know I can’t relate very well to the Black community’s pain, especially in light of Tyre Nichols recent death. I just can’t. And I don’t want to act as if I can. Though sometimes I’m arrogant enough to think I know what they feel or what would best help the Black community.
But I want to keep surrounding myself with the Black community, learning, listening, asking questions, not assuming, and so much more.
I am grateful for my city.
Thank you, Memphis.
Thank you, Black community.
Thank you, Father, for creating & gifting us with this beautiful community.