Theme? Yes, theme as the subject of the piece of writing, the idea that pervades my original post.

No, I don’t think that a lack of meaningful conversation is what’s been wrong; no, not at all. But dialogue does pave the way to understanding which in turn paves the way for change.

This piece isn’t written as a monolithic cure for racism. It is a telling of “my” experiences when engaging with white brothers and sisters who have approached me on the topic of racism. Everyone I mentioned is far from holding racist views. In speaking with me, they sought to gain a better understanding of racism by speaking with someone who is impacted by it.

There are pah-lenty of people out there who simply do not want to and will not change. I’m not addressing or speaking about them. I have no idea how to even begin to affect change with them. Maybe they’re a lost cause. But for to the people I’ve spoken with who want to make the world a better place … these are the things I have noticed.

Again, this piece is not intended as a cure-all that’s guaranteed to work in all situations for everyone. It is what “I’ve” experienced and witnessed.

Kyrie eleison, indeed. Because it’s only through His grace and mercy any of us get to make it through a single day.

Thanks for reaching out Charles.

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