taking the words of Jesus seriously

 

Why would a mother—and my friend Vanessa is one of the most thoughtful loving mothers I know—beg her son, with closely shorn hair, to not wear his hood on a morning when temperatures are below freezing? Vanessa, whose son is black, resists the maternal urge to preserve her son’s health in deference to the instinct to ensure his safety: she wants her baby home alive at the end of a cold day.

 

Vanessa knows what black folks in America know and white folks are discovering: that the shooting of Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown and twelve-year-old Tamir Rice aren’t isolated incidents. They’re part of a pattern in which mamas of black sons must be afraid every day that the dark skin of their sons—ones with hoodies and ones without hoodies—will make someone else feel anxious enough to shoot them, to kill them.

 

My friend Micky has two sons who are black. I also have two sons, one who is white and one who is Indian. Micky and I are inviting other mamas to speak about what it’s like to be raising your son in America right now at Moms Speak Truth. We’re convinced that because each one of us can only experience the world in the skin we’re in, we need desperately to hear and know the stories of other moms like us.

 

Here are two of them:

 

 

 

What’s your story?

 

We’re inviting moms across the country to share, in 30-90 seconds, what it’s like to be raising your boy right now. We know that some mamas, still traumatized by recent events, are feeling too raw to speak. If that’s you, we pray that God would continue to heal your heart. But if you’re willing to speak to other moms on video, or can share this opp with a mom who’d like to speak:

 

Email momsspeaktruth@gmail.com and we’ll send you a dropbox link where you can upload your video that we can share on YouTube, facebook and Twitter.

 

Questions about the assignment? Email MomsSpeakTruth@gmail.com or visit Moms Speak Truth

 

About The Author

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Margot Starbuck—author, collaborator and speaker—earned an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Bachelor’s from Westmont College. She’s convinced that because God, in Jesus Christ, is with us and for us, we’ve been made to be with and for others. So she’s passionate about equipping folks to love our (sometimes unlikely) neighbors and is the author of seven books and collaborator on others. She enjoys speaking to audiences around the country that include: Messiah College, MOPs International, Young Life Women’s Weekend, Urban Promise Ministry Summit and Wheaton College Center for the Application of Christian Ethics. Margot lives downtown Durham, North Carolina, with her three teens.

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