Hi, my name is Chandra Moyer, and I've lived in white spaces all of my life.
As my adult children put it, I woke up in 2008 while watching my white Christian friends talk trash about a black man running for the highest office in our land.
As a former military officer, I knew the investigative process of getting a top-secret clearance. The background check is in-depth and how much more for a person running for any political office.
So, to see my white evangelical friends latch on the birther movement along with any other negative info about former President Barack Obama was mind-boggling.
I heard their fear loud and clear, and I saw it in action. Only one white friend returned to me and apologized.
The sad truth is that most of them weren't interested in listening to my viewpoint. I was angry and hurt. When you're unwilling to hear someone's truth, you're insisting that person conform to your ideas.
During this time in my life, I was hosting conferences and bible studies in white spaces. I walked away from the ministry I had known and entered graduate school. I love Jesus. But I could no longer stay in that environment.
White supremacy still exists within the Christian church today. Unfortunately, the denial of that truth blocks any area for repentance.
But I don't want to stay here addressing racism. I wanted to share how I've discovered it's impacted my life. I don't think anyone in this country is immune to it. Racism hurts all of us in some way.
To be continued...