Some brief clarity.
Good essay, thanks. Jesus was asked a question: "But who is my neighbor? (Luke 10). It's hard to know our neighbors if we don't engage — especially if we/they don't live nearby. As a nominal Judeo-Christian, I spent an hour, nearly every Saturday, as a volunteer, going into a prison in our little "white" farm town to conduct a nondenominational Bible study — a stealth ethics course, using the Bible as our textbook. Not having (not wanting) kids, I spent over 15 years mentoring other mens' sons, most of whom were Black. I'm grateful to have been a student in that classroom. Those Brothers, white and black, taught me much. (These days wife and I live south of the border, so my volunteer efforts are shifted to teaching Spanish-speaking kids English, thereby learning their language while in their classroom.)