Confessions of a White Southerner

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Confessions of a White Southerner

One of the great challenges we all have is to acknowledge and admit that we have changed. I, as a Black
southerner read with great interest, "Confessions". There was a time when my early first hand experiences of racism shaped my views of those who are white. I have never forgotten when I was a little boy holding my preacher-father's hand in a store in Winston-Salem, NC, a white woman came up to the counter after my father and said in a loud voice, "What do you mean serving n.....s before you serve white people?" I still remember my father, with his 3 college degrees stepping back while the woman could be waited on. Incidents like that as I "grew up" in North Carolina, Texas, and South Carolina left emotional
scars that I had to manage. But then when my mother who was a leader in the WSCS of the Central Jurisdiction would tell us about white southern women like Thelma Stevens and how they would walk out
with my Mother when she was refused service at a restaurant while attending a national church meeting,
I realized there were white people who had broken free from racism, just I had broken free from my hatred of all white people. Would that all of us would dare to go public and share "How our minds have changed", on a variety of issues. Thanks for "Confessions". May there be more about race, women and
same gender loving persons.

Gil Caldwell more than 2 years ago

Notable Quotes


Brian McLaren"All of us, especially people of faith, need to proclaim that white supremacy and white privilege and all other forms of racism and injustice must indeed be replaced with something better – the beloved community where all are welcome, all are safe, and all are free. White supremacist and Nazi dreams of apartheid must be replaced with a better dream – people of all tribes, races, creeds, and nations learning to live in peace, mutual respect, and neighborliness. Such a better world is possible, but only if we set our hearts on realizing the possibility."

– Brian McLaren, writing in "What I Saw in Charlottesville" on the Auburn Seminary website.


"The idea of racial (or most any other) supremacy is antithetical to that Gospel. We should remember that Jesus himself grasped for no superiority, no rank, but instead made himself a servant, giving himself in love. What we saw in Charlottesville was therefore a kind of anti-gospel, something that must be resisted, yes–but more, something that must be overcome."

– Dr. Craig Hill, dean of United Methodist-related Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, on Facebook.

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