Say No To Racism.
I don't have the words.
This has been a blog post I have thought of writing before but it is hard for me.
Say No To Racism:
I am the Mom of a brown boy. No longer a boy really. He is close to being a man. I am his Mom. I am white.
That never meant a thing to me you see. I have always looked him and never saw a color. I often forget he is brown because to me the color of his skin doesn't matter.
However, he has experienced racism. We have experienced racism.
I have been quiet for far too long.
Today, that stops.
It is not fair that he has had to experience racist comments. He has had people call him names like "burnt cracker" on the soccer field. I have had white parents ask me who my child is while he plays and when I reply with his number they say "no I asked who your child is". We have had many people ask him if he speaks Spanish throughout the years. This started when he was 12 months old. We have had people ask me "if I am his "real Mom". We are often asked personal questions that are inappropriate because I am white and he is brown.
This is just a little snapshot into our story.
So today, I don't really have any answers. I am just a Mom of a beautiful son and I want him to grow up and be treated the same way that white people are treated.
If I didn't have him I most likely would have never known.
But I do.
And so I am sharing this with you to say that it has to end.
Stop calling names. Stop teaching your kids to call names. My son was called a burnt cracker when he was 8 years old on the soccer field. And the kid who called him that learned it at home.
When a woman tells you her sons soccer number don't try to correct her because he doesn't look like her.
Just because someone is brown you should NOT ask them if they speak Spanish. You should NOT try to speak to them in Spanish.
And please for the love of God do not ask a Mother who looks different than her son if she is his real Mom.
Please stop asking inappropriate personal questions due to race. They are hurtful and they are rude.
My son may not have my skin tone and he may not have my eyes. But we share the same heart. He is mine.
And. I have not shared this sooner because it hurts. It brings me to tears. This is just the highlight reel. I know there is more to come but I pray that it ends.
So today I am sharing our story.
No Color, No Religion, No Nationality should come between us.
But, it does. Let's be the change.
Say No To Racism.
If you don't understand it is time educate yourself. If you have made mistakes in the past it is not too late to change. We can make a difference.
We are called to love our neighbor. Let's start today.