The Privilege of Silence

Jun 3, 2020

Samantha LeGassick

Beautiful Illustration by Danielle Coke @ohhappydani

 

This is a letter I wrote to address the topics of racism and white privilege for those who subscribe to our emails. I felt it was important to share in a more public forum as well.

Things are not as they should be.

The thought of sending the light and fun email I had planned just felt so wrong. I’m listening to that instinct and instead of sharing straight from the depths of my heart.

Truthfully, I’m reaching out today because I feel in my gut that I need to. As a white woman who is up to my eyeballs in privilege, I need to say something. I need to DO something.

I am horrified by the brutality in the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Sean Reed, and George Floyd, to name a few. My heart aches for their families, and for the black community who are suffering as these deaths and the many others that have failed to make the headlines are being rationalized. The pain being expressed right now is pain that I do not understand because I have never been driven to the point of exasperation we continue to witness.

I leak with privilege. Even as a woman who grew up in very difficult circumstances, I have never faced the kind of oppression being spoken of right now, and this is not new. I have never been denied an American right in my life, let alone a basic human one.

My heart is broken over what is being exposed right now. Over the systemic oppression I am seeing through renewed vision; through eyes that have previously had the privilege to look away.

As someone who has worked alongside expecting couples for more than 15 years, I have seen the incredible disparity that exists in our medical system for people of color firsthand. But to hear the stories and see the images of the disparities that exist in every single arena of life has set a fire in my heart that I can’t explain apart from exposure to the heart of God.

As a follower of Jesus, my response to injustice cannot be neutral. His response to injustice as He walked the earth was not neutral, and it is not now.

 

So here’s what I am doing about it:

  • I am creating real space to listen. To seek to hear the conversation from a viewpoint different from my own, so I can act in a way that is different from the way I always have.
  • I am going to read several books including those related to white fragility, inherent racial bias, and the healthcare disparities people of color, especially black women, are facing.
  • I am going to continue to pray and intercede on behalf of my community, city, state, and nation. I believe without a shadow of a doubt that the way we will see real change is through the power of unified prayer as a Body of Believers. I have been and will remain dedicated to individual and corporate prayer for a unified and diverse Body who glorify Jesus through our love for one another, and for Him.
  • I am choosing to grieve with and for hurting people. I am choosing to offer comfort and grace instead of advice and judgment. I am asking the Lord to continue to reveal His heart to me, and to lead me in embracing lament as the work ahead continues to be exposed.

 

Here’s what Created For is doing about it:

  • We will position our products and services in a way that creates accessibility for all. In order to accomplish this, we will offer a scholarship program that will provide free or discounted childbirth education courses on a monthly basis, with priority for these slots given to women of color.
  • As a company, we are taking Be The Bridge’s course to understand and recognize white fragility, supremacy, identity, and privilege, and to learn about God’s heart for racial reconciliation.
  • We will continue to prioritize a diverse representation of beauty, pregnancy, and family across all platforms including our website, courses, and social media.
  • We will take more time to learn and then teach people of color how to navigate a healthcare system that has not yet worked for them.
  • We will remain open to your feedback and concerns. We will not fire back defensive jargon when corrected. We will accept responsibility when we are wrong and ask your forgiveness. We will approach the subjects of racial inequality, white privilege, racial bias, and maternal and child healthcare disparities with humility and will consistently seek to grow in our understanding of how we might best serve those we love- YOU, our Created For family.
  • We will proclaim with deep HOPE the power of the Gospel in every single circumstance and seek to follow and glorify Jesus in everything we do.

 

To you who are hurting today, know that I see you. I pray you will experience the sweet comfort from “God … our merciful Father and the source of all comfort” today.

I am here if I can be of help to you in any way.

Love, Sam

 

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

Beautiful Illustration by Danielle Coke. Check out her page @ohhappydani to see so much more + to purchase prints!

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