Learning From Others No Matter The Color
Atlanta, GA. my birthplace and the beginning of a story of how I can learn from others no matter the color. I guess I write this piece as a journal of what has been transpiring the last few days in different parts of the country. It is a journaling piece that rides the coat tail of a long, long historical undertone of the fabric of humanity.
As I write this the words that pop into my head are, “can we all just get along!” I wish it were that simple. But in order for that statement to be remotely true, it takes bravery, humility and courage to be a person to want that to be so. I learned this lesson not form birth but over time. My awesome parents wanted me and my brothers to see the country and be exposed to different types of people and to be good with being in different environments.
I grew up after leaving Atlanta as a young boy seeking to connect with others no matter where we landed. And, this friction as a young boy is one that allows me today to see the diversity in humanity and to also be open to learn form others. You see learning from others builds who you are and grows you personally , emotionally and spiritually. Being a man of color (African American, Black) and on the lighter side, I was treated differently on both sides of the fence, white or black be it racism or colorism.
If I could just for a moment give you what I know , this world could be a beter place. Placing yourself in the shoes of others same color or not, you glean so much of their story. And the powerful thing about humanity is that every person has a story. How that got to this point in time and possibly why thy think hat they think. If you work to learn from others you drop your assumptions and you seek to undrstand them. Listen, I said understand them not necessarily agree with them, there is a difference.
I would love to hear your story, and learn what patterns are working or not working in your life. Because, this is how I grow and this how we grow together. Taking our eyes off ourselves for just a moment, will bring so much hope and joy to this world.
To those that may read this and say I don’t want to learn from other colors, then I must say that same attitude is what will perpetuate the division and chaos we see today for other generations to come. Also, I am not nieve that the world will be perfect, because with humans there will always be imperfections, greed, evil and ego. But, if enough of us no matter the color stand up to learn from others we can work to build a better place period.
Blessings on this day,
6/1/2020 02:12:07 pm
Jonathan M Wynne
6/5/2020 07:02:57 pm
I hear you Family. I have been having courageous conversations for the past two weeks in particular. I have been impressed by one of my white friends. He reached out and honestly wanted to listen. I employed that same skill. We have been growing in our friendship, which was already stellar. I have a better understanding of his story and perspective and have had the privilege of helping him gain important perspective that he is able to use in his efforts to educate his white family and friends who may never have the courage or opportunity to hear my perspective.His background is that of a rural, conservative christian community in northern midwest America. I don't speak for all black people, but I like to believe the authenticity of my thought and history are valid and representative of many others who were born in the civil rights era south, raised in the urban midwest during the 60's -70's and residing in an affluent suburban area for the past 30 years. We both have a greater understanding and have been empowered to fight racism and racial tensions more effectively.
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