Thursday, September 27, 2012

What a Black Christian Woman Says About Diversity

***You'll especially want to read this if you're a white parent to black children!***

Every now and then, I write about race and what it means to be black in the U.S. today.
There's one problem.
I'm white.
My two year old daughter is black, but I'm merely a third party spectator to all race will mean to her as she grows.

When black women comment on my posts about natural hair or diversity, all the blood drains from my already pasty face.  It is as humiliating as it is encouraging.  I'm aware of my own ignorance, and desperately need the knowledge and experience of black women in order to become a well-informed mother for Amelia.

Christian speaker/writer Deidra Riggs
Last month, Christian speaker and writer Deidra Riggs invited me to guest post about race on her blog.  I jumped up and down and screamed and cheered, and then I felt a little nauseous.  Deidra is big-time real-deal speaker and conference leader who contributes at the amazingly popular (in)courage... but that didn't intimidate me nearly as much as this one little fact:  Deidra Riggs is black.

So after tormenting myself, wondering what this white girl could contribute about diversity on the website of a woman who truly knows what it is to live as part of the minority... I emailed my contribution to her.

Adoptive mamas... Deidra told me some good news.

During the month of October, Deidra is writing for thirty-one days straight on the topic of race.  
I'm excited my guest post will be featured during this time.
But more than that, I'm excited to hear in depth what a Christian black woman has to say about diversity.  

This will be an invaluable lesson for all of us.
Especially those of us raising black children with no concept of what it's like to be black.

So October 1 through 31, I'll be checking in daily at Deidra's site.  Will you?


dina said...

This is exciting news. I've been a fan of Deidra's blog for a while now.

I sent you an email last week with my contact information. I'm here if you ever need me.

And I love the fact that you are Mom who loves a little girl who needs someone to love her. This is a miracle of love.

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