Matters of Race and Witness (5)


Dear Friends:

I used to think of “Where are you from?” as a friendly type of getting-to-know-you question. But I have learned that for people of color, it can have a very different feel.  This is especially so if – as related by one Friend – it is asked as a means of figuring out a person’s racial or ethnic identity.  Friends, it is okay to learn where others currently live. But it is not okay to ask their help in finding out how to pigeon-hole them.

– Melody Ashworth, South Mountain Friends Meeting, Ashland, OR (NPYM)

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