My Young Black Life
James Jackson
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James,

I value your perspective and admire you for speaking your mind, for taking charge of your life the way you are doing so and for striving to make a difference! You wondered what your white friends would think and since I figured most of your white friends would probably just like the post and not contribute to the conversation, mostly because of their fears and discomfort with how touchy this subject matter is, I felt compelled to be your first reply. It’s possible it may provoke a 3rd reply and a 4th — I certainly hope so because these racial issues we face will never go away unless we confront them.

Fear is in us all, regardless of the color of our skin and I’m certain everyone of us, regardless of skin tone have, at some point in our lives been unfairly judged for something which we can not control. It’s all very sad, this fear which divides our country…but it’s real and there’s only 1 way I believe we will overcome it and that is to unite. As a flawed man leading a Christian-based family, I strive to educate the white children closes to me on race based on what I’ve been taught from the Bible.

In the Bible, it states “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” — Genesis 1:26–27

God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus to lay down His life for us — John 3:16. The “world” includes all ethnic groups. God intended there to be just one race — the human race.

The greatest fears I face today revolve around my children’s future in this hatred filled world. Almost daily, via social media I read and view young black children so passionately expressing hatred towards the white race. I do not feel those same feelings of hatred, nor do I understand it and therefore now more than ever in my life I can relate to what you say, regardless of you believing my fears are justified or not. Inflicting harm onto others, regardless of feelings will never solve the racial issues we face. I fear for my children the same fears you will one day fear for yours.

As long as our Country remains divided in this twisted world driven by TV ratings that the human race has created, we will remain our own worst enemy and fully to blame for its decay.

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears” — Nelson Mandela

Love you man, God bless!

rg