We Are God's Family: Personal Encounters with Racism

We Are One Family: Personal Encournters with Racism is a series of commentaries of personal experience with racism and the intersection of faith and justice. Hands image by truthseeker08 courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Our personal stories have the power to build awareness and understanding, to bridge divides and bring healing. 

UM News is inviting people to share their own personal stories about encounters with racism, as well as hopes and ideas for combating it. This forum is designed to foster dialogue and identify solutions to the problem.

Racism affects every person, regardless of background. It underlies issues such as poverty, hunger, discrimination, mass incarceration, and disparities in education, health care, income, job status and access to resources.

The United Methodist Church condemns racism as a sin and believes all people are of sacred worth. “[A]ll peoples and individuals constitute one human family, rich in diversity,” the church states in its Social Principles. 

Commentaries can be up to 900 words long and should be written from a first-person, personal point of view.

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Anita Campbell. Photo courtesy of Anita Campbell
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Social Concerns

It’s never too late to do the right thing

Anita Campbell witnessed racism in college in the 1960s South, but stayed mostly quiet about it. The national anti-racism movement of the past year spurred her to speak out and get involved.

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Bishop Julius C. Trimble. Photo by Tessa Tillett for the Indiana Conference.
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'I believe in the resurrection and reparations'

Conversation, education, and truth and reconciliation are needed in the struggle to dismantle racism.

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Richard F. Hicks. Photo courtesy of the author.
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Social Concerns

Caught in a twilight zone of change

Even after the passage of civil rights laws, a white teen found change slow to come in the rural South of the 1970s.

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