Growing up, one of my best friends was Toby. He was mixed race. He was a few years older, and sometimes more like a brother. He spent a lot of time with our family, and in our home. He was family. When I was older my mum told me that he suffered a lot at school. Cornwall doesn’t have a lot of diversity.
I think everyone carries some prejudice. It might be race, nationality, or something else. Right now the Black Lives Matter campaign is bringing our attention to prejudice and discrimination based on race.
Some might say that coronavirus is a bigger issue, or that all lives matter, but it’s true that black (and other ethnic minorities) are at greater risk of becoming ill – about three times more likely.
Jesus often took the side of the minority. Look at John chapter 4, or his parable in Luke 15, to see what he thinks of Samaritans (despised by the Jewish people). In those stories “Samaritans’ lives matter”.
The following video clip has three friends having a conversation about racism and its effect on the lives of two of them.
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