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The other day my professor made a comment about the Ku Klux Klan. An African classmate turned to me with a confused look on her face. I spelled it about for her on a piece of paper so she could see the words but I could tell she still did not understand who they were.

The incident brought to mind an interesting saying. If you want to know about water, don’t ask a fish. Racism in America is the water African-Americans have had to navigate. I bet we sometimes cannot even identify “what is wrong with this picture.”

The racial history of America permeates the very fiber of this country so much so that we are colorblind. Instead of noticing the content of a person’s heart generally we Americans are blinded to how race colors what we consider status quo.

Think about what influences your perception of normal. For instance, can you imagine a world where you could leave your most expensive, most stylish car in the whole world parked with the keys in the ignition only to find it where you left it? I think not. Stealing is a natural part of our existence, but it is not what God intended.

Can you identify in your own life what should not be normal? Try taking a look outside of the fish bowl. (Check out the video, The Gift, on the home page)

But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded… 2 Corinthians 4:3,4

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