• Dr. Hal Kitchings

IT’S NOT MY FAULT… Reflecting on the death of George Floyd and my background

Posted by Dr. Hal Kitchings

June 9th, 2020

  • It’s not my fault I was born and raised in a state constantly associated with racism, but it is my responsibility to help change the perception and trajectory.


  • It’s not my fault I was born in the 60’s during the height of the civil rights movement in the deep south, but it is my responsibility to use my experiences—good and bad—for good.

  • It’s not my fault I “caught” some prejudices growing up in a county seat town in central Mississippi, but it is my responsibility to recognize them and change

  • It’s not my fault one of my grandfather’s was close friends with a prejudice governor, but it is my responsibility to be aware of who I associate with.

  • It’s not my fault one of my grandfather’s taught that the bible supported racism, but it is my responsibility to teach what the bible truly says about racism in spite of crooked theology that exists.

  • It’s not my fault a black elementary teacher knocked me upside the head when I took a swipe at a piñata before the appropriate time, but it is my responsibility to not paint everyone with a broad brush.

  • It’s not my fault a number of my white buddies and I were bullied in Junior High by some black guys during football practice, but it is my responsibility to forgive.

  • It’s not my fault some of my black and white brothers occasionally say or do things that only perpetuate the problems of racism, but it is my choice not to allow those words and deeds to keep me from prayerfully saying the right words and doing the right things in addressing the worldwide issue.

  • It’s not my fault how the media or politics or anyone else paints a picture of racial prejudice and injustice, but it is my conviction to stand against any and all forms of racial prejudice and every form of injustice.

IT IS MY FAULT FOR TIMES I DON’T FOCUS ON THE ISSUE OF RACISM AND MISS THE POINT…

But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law. ~ James 2:9


Until Next Time...

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