The Race of The Royal Wedding
Thoughts on the Royal Wedding.
A big day and a big change in history.
As the Gospel Choir sung Stand By Me it was a mark not just for marriage but for change. nations and races standing by each other.
I've read so many things, and heard so many people say "I don't see colour" or "I didn't even see them as black" referring to the musicians. We cannot ignore colour. We cannot ignore the colour of Meghan’s beautiful skin, as though “it doesn’t matter” because it does. We can’t sit back (in our white privilege) and say “we don’t see colour”. We do and we should.
Otherwise in our ignorance we are saying we don’t see you, don't honour, value & love all of who you are and your history.
Colour is the beauty of God displayed in all shades.
Today we see beauty, but today we also see the struggle that has been fought and still is fought every day around the world. Where darker, brown, black faces are still considered less significant to be named let alone crowned, where the struggle is still to be seen as equal in the workplace as well as equal in power to impact nations.
Here in this cosmopolitan city of NYC it is still harder to hail a cab on the street when your skin is darker. We have to see colour, see the beauty and value in all and say we will stand by you.
For many lives around the world to see a princess today who "looks a little more like them" as a friend of mine said as she sat watching with her two beautiful brown little girls. A princess who brings colour to the royal bloodline and influence of the English nation, and nations around the world, it is a most significant day indeed. It stirs a hope for change.
As Bishop Michael Curry said, we can change the world with love. Quoting Dr Martin Luther King, "the redemptive power of love" can change the world.
So let’s stand by love, stand by each other in all our colours, hear all voices and celebrate the hope that has been rolled out today 🎉 #royalwedding