When Mel Gravely saw pain and confusion on both sides of racism, he began to write letters. Those nineteen letters are now a book called Dear White Friend that breaks down barriers, confusion, and misconceptions about racism. Gravely is hopeful for a common good, a faithful community, and a united nation.
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Key insights from the episode:
I sit in a privileged seat to have one foot in both worlds. – Mel Gravely
There is no excuse for people who want to know about racism not to know. – Mel Gravely
Authenticity and intentionality can be one and the same. – Mel Gravely
Sometimes the most powerful conversations about race are white people talking to white people without black people around. – Mel Gravely
You don’t need black people in the room to raise your empathy level. – Mel Gravely
There’s a deeper understanding of racism that we are all invited into. – Zach Zehnder
God didn’t create our world so white people would have 98% of all the good stuff. – Mel Gravely
When we study their story, 1) duration, 2) magnitude, and 3) what happened should all be considered. – Mel Gravely
I don’t like white privilege, I like benefitting bystander. – Mel Gravely
I want to be hopeful. – Mel Gravely
Sunday is a segregated time. – Mel Gravely
The gospel isn’t relevant if it’s easy in 2023. – Mel Gravely
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