Amy Julia Returns to talk about White Picket Fences
As a woman of privilege, Amy Julia is not satisfied to rest in the material comforts of her life. Instead, she is inspired to look more closely at privilege with honesty and uncomfortable truth. As a student she excelled. The time she sacrificed was hers and the accomplishments she made were based on her work. Amy Julia makes it very clear that privilege does not mean that people of privilege don't work hard. What she conveys is that privilege provides advantages that are not readily available to others. In fact, in the case of African Americans, advantages are denied in order to maintain exclusive white privileges.
As an African American woman, I can appreciate Amy Julia's honesty and I welcome the research findings she shares. She is a mother, who, in caring for her children has reached out beyond her own family to offer love to her neighbor. Fear could have been an obstacle but Amy Julia's faith led her to conclude that love is stronger than fear. In addition, in her efforts to be a bridge, she has found healing.
Amy Julia acknowledges that she can never know what it is like to be an African American. That barrier, however, has not stopped her from seeking to understand the black struggle. I would say she has made understanding a priority over being understood. In her journey to be well, she has, in some respects, become a healer. If hurt people hurt people then healed people, can certainly heal people. And that can make all the difference.