A Gentle Invitation into the Challenging Topic of Privilege
The notion that some might have it better than others, for no good reason, offends our sensibilities. Yet, until we talk about privilege, we’ll never fully understand it or find our way forward.
Amy Julia Becker welcomes us into her life, from the charm of her privileged southern childhood to her adult experience in the northeast, and the denials she has faced as the mother of a child with special needs. She shows how a life behind a white picket fence can restrict even as it protects, and how it can prevent us from loving our neighbors well.
White Picket Fences invites us to respond to privilege with generosity, humility, and hope. It opens us to questions we are afraid to ask, so that we can walk further from fear and closer to love, in all its fragile and mysterious possibilities.
- Faithful and true?
Disclaimer: I heard her on the radio and have not read the book.
I responded to the talk host:
Pervasive racism today? And roots? -
My adopted daughter is black. I saw MLK, Jr as a freshman at the U of MN 1967. I had rental properties in poor N. Minneapolis in the 1990s during the Murderapolis days.
Yes there is some racism - of ALL colors - but far less than prior years. About 300,000 had the "white privilege" to die to free backs in an era of far greater racism and subsequently.
The core problem is the black family has been decimated by $ocial welfare, not Spirit-ed welfare, absent males and a huge spike in out-of-wedlock births since the 1950s. Inner cities godless secularizing GOVERNMENT [aka "public"] schools have been poor and make people poor.
The inner cities are the new plantations: was overt repression now covert dependency.
I'm with MLK, Jr- it's about the content of character, missing more now than stronger black families and churches - NOT the color of skin!
What say you?