We tend to either reduce IRR stories, whether they are our own or others’, to a party trick (something to show off and exploit rather than understand and love), or we elevate them to a pedestal where we can worship and idolize them.
This is tremendously dishonoring and harmful to relationships that are already difficult—as all relationships are!
How ironic that the thing we do to show the world we aren’t racist actually ends up perpetuating racism.
Posting a picture of your differently hued boo might get you a lot of likes on Facebook, and walking hand-in-hand down the street flaunting your IRR to the world might seem like a contribution to change, but your relationship in and of itself does nothing to dismantle racist structures and systems.
God isn’t more pleased with me than others because I’m in an IRR.What if, instead of either reducing or elevating, we enter in and listen?
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