I enjoyed a question and answer time with Leroy Barber. Good to ask him some questions as an African American leader about how I, as a young white pastor, can work for racial reconciliation.
Some of his responses:
- Value personal relationships to avoid taking a "token approach" to reconciliation
- Don't lead out of guilt. You'll especially be tempted toward guilt because of your benefits from white privilege. But guilt doesn't motivate.
- When a blend does begin to build, look for new vehicles to express it. Give it fresh art, new music, and new literature. Tell the story to your community.
- White leaders need to take the cape off. We're not here to save the day. Instead, our best contribution is by simply becoming part of the "beautiful community."