My friend Dorothy (http://www.urbanservant.blogspot.com/) is one of the most gifted writers and amazing people I know. Her entry today (one she wrote awhile back) touched my heart so completely...it is the words I want my kids to hear about this subject yet I have not found the words to say it. These are her words that come from her heart and have completely touched mine.
What Can I Teach you about being black?
Because I'm not.
But I can teach you about pain,
And how to forgive peoples foolish words.
I can show you how to endure suffering,
So that through it Truth will be proclaimed.
I can love you and cry with you,
I can be the she-bear when you are threatened.
We can live where there is a rainbow of people,
and we can learn to love them together.
We can seek out the truth of history,
And not be afraid of the ugliness.
I can open your heart and your eyes
To the painful reality that comes clinging to the back of sin.
And in the end,I can release you into your destiny,
And wait for you to come home,
With a fuller understanding of who you are
and what you are to be in your life.
Then I can listen as you teach me,
What it means to be Black.