The Most Important Question:  WHY?

Dan Berry  •  March 19, 2024

Over the last several years Brownicity has labored to provide an educational platform for those who were longing to find answers to the racial divides that plague our human experience.  As recent racialized events began to manifest, deep within our souls we began to wonder why we are still so divided.  In a time when racism should be behind us, we found ourselves drowning in it.  How could the stronghold of this evil still be gripping and controlling our lives? How could we not have found the answers to resolve this issue?

Out of that pain, frustration, and longing, our founder Dr. Lucretia Carter Berry birthed our inaugural curriculum called What Lies Between Us: Fostering First Steps Towards Racial Healing.

Literally thousands of people who have taken our class gained the understanding they needed in order to take their first steps towards the racial healing we so need.  What a joy it is to watch them roll up their sleeves and begin to do the hard work of love.

As many of us around the country have facilitated this class, we began to experience  an unexpected push back.  People began to question the validity of this type of class.  Here’s where the “Why” began to show up.

“Why are you doing this?” 

“Does this class help or actually cause more issues?” 

Asking “why” is a fundamental part of human curiosity and the quest for understanding. People ask “why” to gain insight into the reasons behind things. So here are a few thoughts I have concerning why a curriculum like this is so needed.

God spoke through one of the prophets of old and said:

My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge, and/or because they have rejected knowledge.

The truth is, many of us have chosen the colorblind approach, or just chosen to not talk about these issues. Because of that, we have cut off any opportunity to truly learn about what race is and and how racism has created the gulfs that divide us.

Education is like light, and light is what gives life.  Growing your understanding is what gives us the ability to help break down the walls of division.  It produces motivation and commitment to be a part of the healing we so need.  Simply put, the course What Lies Between Us will help lift us out of the darkness that has paralyzed us and show us the path of healing.  Our heart is that if you are someone who has that inner desire to learn and grow in your understanding the Why to this class will be all you need to take your first step.  Check it out.

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Dan Berry is the author of Navigating Diversity In Our Most Segregated Hour, a Certified Instructor for the What LIES Between Us and Confronting Whiteness courses, and advises individuals and organizations on how to take first steps toward racial healing through Bridge Building Solutions.
He has pastored for forty years in Iowa.  After pastoring in predominantly white spaces for several years, he began to realize the need to bring about racial healing in the body of Christ. For the last 30 years he has worked to bridge ethnic and cultural divides, a work that has led him into confronting the churches complicity in upholding systems of racism.
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