I love this story. What color are any of us and why is it such a sad significance in our country? As Dominicans of Sinsinawa one of our goals is to be an anti-racist congregation. You might be thinking, “Well, that’s easy. You are nuns.” Truth to tell, this is a life-long journey of recognizing white privilege and working to end racism which is systemic. Recently, someone was telling me about being in an Atlanta hospital where all the help were Canadians. I paused and she said, “Do you know what I mean?” When I answered, “No” she said, “They’re all black” I was a bit floored but it wasn’t until a later conversation that I was able to give a gentle response telling her that this was offensive. I’m wondering how many other “code words” are out there.
We welcome good companions to pass on the great work of being an anti-racist society. After all, Jesus was a companion on this journey.
Sr. Patty Caraher, OP