You should try being on the receiving end of racist, sexist, or other awful behavior. Imagine being 48-inches tall, black, gay, and Christian. I have lived with all four of those “traits” practically since birth. My choice is to affect change in people’s perceptions of my otherness through direct interaction.

I applaud you (and others) for your keen interests and actions in hauling the injustices suffered by minorities out into broad daylight, and setting aside privilege to express what you witness with intentional glaring clarity.

If this is your calling, so be it; but don’t forget to take a break to recharge, rebuild, and rehabilitate yourself—be it a few months or longer. As I’m sure you know, it’s nearly impossible to give when you have no reserve. thwarting hatred is exhausting.

Consider the heaviness in your heart and soul a battle scar. Remember that scar is only a tangible sign that you are stronger than what caused it.

Thank you for your time, your energy, and your heart. You have a God-given gift. I have no doubt you have and will continue to impact the world for good in ways that you can not begin to understand on this side of Heaven.

The world needs more Cord Jeffersons.

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Artist, actor, author, editorial director of Our Human Family (http://medium.com/our-human-family). Connect via social media: @clayrivers. Love one another.

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