My life as an adult, black, Christian, middle-class, educated, able-bodied, hetero, cis-gendered, natural-born American citizen woman with a socially acceptable body size means I experience life through multiple aspects of my identity. As a black woman serving in a predominantly white denomination, I am constantly aware of my blackness in white spaces. I am frequently reminded of the many stereotypes of black people and specifically black women. This heightens my awareness of safety, acceptance and assumptions others have about me and my story.
This message is an excerpt from “Confronting our comfort: What is a privileged person to do?” by Judith Roberts, in the July/August 2017 issue of Gather magazine.
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