There is a conference holding a “Women of Color” only segment. They say, “The legacy is hosting a special gathering for women of color at the Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference this year. We hope that this gathering will create a space for women of color to address particular concerns and issues, process them together in small groups and pray for one another in this event. We are aiming to build up the whole body of Christ by strengthening a part of the body in a focused manner.”
Now this is the flayer that goes with it.
But as you can imagine, this was met with a lot of concern. These guys said that the “women of color” gathering at the conference has requested that white women stay out. This is insane! Now they have put up a statement saying, DGCA team or the special women of color gathering because of those shared distinct experiences. I understand that many white women attending deeply and sincerely desire to participate in an event like this, so they can praise the lord! May their tribe increase. However, we run the risk of the audience growing so large and perhaps even resulting in our sources of color being the minority. At an event specifically designed for them to be the majority that the goal of cultivating a space for more honest discussion and direct encouragement for women of color would be compromised.”
Jackie Hill explains what this is for. I didn’t put up any attitudes because there are several tweets. I read the thread but in short Jackie Hill says, “a lot of times at these conferences you have very few minorities there”, and she said “I`ve been to a lot of these conferences and while i enjoyed a lot of the love i received from my white brothers and sisters, i still felt alone.”
So, this is a situation where a group of them can gather together and feel like there are more people like them there and actually discuss the issues that they are dealing with or that they are struggling with now before you say anything yes if this was in fact the other way around I am pretty sure we have minorities would in fact have a problem with just a white section or just a white segment. However, you must understand it’s not like that and when it comes to conferences by and large people of color do not attend these very often and don’t have people that they can relate to. So, something like this is needed to let them know that they are but they aren’t alone. And you can have several white speakers and several white people involved but to be honest or to keep it a bill, they don’t deal with what we deal with; they don’t know what we know; they don’t feel what we feel. They only can go off of what they have heard but they have not experienced it because they are not the minority. I was talking to my wife the other day and was like, you know Mexicans or Latinos can feel what we feel. They are a minority and they actually receive it sometimes even worse than what we actually receive. So those are people that you know that I understand that they really can relate with. So that’s what this is for and that’s what she was saying. But as you can imagine a lot of people are met with outrage about this and they’re down talking it. On one side I understand just because if the coin was flipped we would feel the same. But on the flip side with a coin not being flipped, a coin will never be flipped. The fact of the matter is, a lot of people don’t understand what we walk through, a lot of people don’t understand what we deal with and here we are again. If I’m not mistaken she’s going to be there talking about a book and different things like that. Here we are again people trying to muzzle the progression people trying to muzzle or trying to stop you know something like this maybe that was a different way that they could have done about it. But this is the way they chose to go about it and I think it’s a pretty dope situation being someone who has been a part of certain conferences and been in certain conferences you don’t see many people that look like you, talk like you, act like you, so therefore it would be good.
Why don’t you all let me know what you all think. Is it a good/bad idea?. Some people are saying that this is the bias of saying that it’s making a divided God or divided religion or are trying to cause divisiveness and I don’t I really see it that way. What I can get out of this is, they can feel that way. But it’s not like a whole conference is just for black people. Even in this festival white people go to that as well so I don’t this is just a segment a small portion that is just for women of color so what do you all think?
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