If you see a red light on the road, you stop; if you see a green light on the road, you go; if you look at books in my classroom you know that blue or black writing is from pupils class work, green pen is pupils improvement work, and pink is my marking. Colour, in these situations is important, and we know what that colour means because we have been told… it is based on information we have been given.
People have been known to make certain assumptions based on the colour of people’s skin, however, although this may be down to information they have been told, or experiences they may have had, it doesn’t actually tell you anything about the person involved at the time.
In our final week looking at the equality act, we are looking at the characteristic of race. I have mentioned this before but I do tapestry, for the tapestry to work I need to use different colours, different shades. It is only by using different colours and shades that I am able to create a picture. It’s the same in the world, we need people of different races to create the society we are in now, blessed by so many different cultures and backgrounds. Growing up, I loved going to my friends house who lived up the road because she was my friend, I also enjoyed the games console she had, and also her family came from India, and I loved the India snacks that they had!
Many of you will enjoy foods, music, art which have all been influenced by, or come directly from other cultures. And yet… we still hear about racist comments being used in football matches, inequality about employment based on race, as well as general racism in the day to day.
William Faulkner says “To live anywhere in the world today and be against equality because of race or colour is like living in Alaska and being against snow”
There are times when colour and origin is important and tell us something about the situation, however with people that is not the case. That isn’t to say that colour and origin are not important for people, and it will have an impact on who they are BUT we should take the time to get to know them as a whole person before assuming that know everything about them by looking at their skin, or based on where they come from.
In the book of acts it says
Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favouritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. Acts 10:34-35
If God doesn’t show favouritism then we should not know favouritism. We should accept people no matter where they come from, and consider the actions they do rather than something they are not in control of.
Challenge: how can we celebrate the diversity amongst us, rather than criticising it?
Prayer: thank you God that you created us all, that we aren’t all the same. Help to see others through your eyes, rather than the eyes of others. Amen