Because I am white, I will never know the struggles of my colored brothers and sisters.
I will never know what it feels like to be a target on the street.
I will never know what it feels like to have people consider me a lesser person because of my skin.
I will never know the pain of losing family and friends because of their race or religion.
I will never know the hurt that practicing my religion will bring.
I will never know what it’s like to have the media go out of their way to twist the story to being anything other than race or religion.
I will never truly understand the pain that my brothers and sisters of different races and religions face on a daily basis because of who they are.
I understand my white privilege and how it benefits me in society.
I want to say, however, I am incredibly empathetic to what others face and am so disturbed and sad about what has happened and continues to happen to people because they are not white Christians.
I am so sorry for the losses your communities continue to face due to unreasonable hatred so deeply ingrained in society.
I am so sorry that people want to silence your pain and frustration.
You all have every right to be angry and sad and any other emotions you feel due to these acts of hatred.
Do not let the privileged silence you.
Do not let the privileged tell you how to feel.
Do not let the privileged tell you how to respond to these hate crimes.
Let your voices, your anguish, your hurt be heard because these are not random acts of violence.
These are acts of hate.