Nevertheless, she persisted.

My story is mostly typical. When these things were said to me in person, from the pulpit and through writings, I did not question them. I thought they were all part of this truth.

God has given me an open and curious mind — on purpose, I think. Because of this mind, I can see the inequities I never felt before. And because I can see, I can hope for a better tomorrow.

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I am not these things. I am not these conflicting messages. None of us are. We can do better than this. That’s why I’m practicing sharing my voice now. In vulnerability. With love.