Racial distancing (separating by color)

America’s history of racial distancing has left a legacy of divisiveness. Racial distancing is when you only open your heart to people who match your color. It involves avoiding, ignoring, or mistreating people who don’t look like you.

Separating by color isn’t just a matter of physical proximity. It’s done in the heart. Jim Crow laws separated people. Racial distancing keeps hearts apart. “Separate but equal” is a famous, racial distancing phrase in American legal history.

The distance between you and another person should never be based on skin color. To me racial distancing’s boring, but connecting across color lines, fun and inspiring.

The shortest racial distance between two people is a Christ-filled, heart connection. If churches would refuse to racial distance the way some refuse to social distance, we’d see revival.

Racism can be subtle, but racial distancing is obvious and apparent to any observer. It spreads misunderstanding and stereotypes. It hampers heart-felt equality. 

Separating by color and “liberty and justice for all,” are contradictions. People don’t eye-color distance. Why should we skin-color distance?

If we could fill in
The gaps in melanin
Equality would be revealing.

Racial distancing refuses to listen to people describe the pain that it has caused them. It usually denies that pain and blames the separation on other causes.

Tired of all the talk about racism? Perhaps we should shift the conversation to racial distancing instead. It’s greater wisdom to distance from people with destructive attitudes and behaviors, than from people with a different skin color than you.

It’s hard to ignore color, but when you connect with people’s humanity, color doesn’t matter and racial distancing vanishes. Racial distancing and color-kindness — you can’t do both at the same time. Search: Off the RACE Track From Color-Blind to Color-Kind.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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