Posted by: abbiewatters | October 16, 2016

My Robin Hood Syndrome: The audacity of thinking I knew what was good for “others”

Chapter 20 of Waking Up White: and finding myself in the story of RACE by Debbie Irving

If you were to be given $100,000 and told to give it one charity, which one would you pick? What are the races of the organization’s three top executives? What race is the chair of the board?

I would give the money to the Presbyterian Mission Agency, which supports organizations and missions both in the United States and around the world. They focus on Racial and Ethnic Women’s Empowerment, Peacemaking, Justice Ministries, Disaster Response, Diversity Issues, and Empowerment of People. I don’t know all the places that the money could help, but I trust the agency to use the money in programs where it will do the most good. For many years, Presbyterian workers in other countries have been called “Fraternal Workers” not missionaries. They know their job is to work with the local people empowering them to develop themselves.

The Executive Director of the Agency is a married, gay Hispanic man. The Stated Clerk of the denomination is a black man who most recently served as the Presbyterian Church’s lead lobbyist in Washington, DC. The Presbyterian Church (USA) is currently led by Co-Moderators (Presidents) who are a middle-aged, white woman and a young, black woman.

If you would like to join me as I blog about my experiences with race, please read the book. It was life changing for me.


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