/Thomas Ratt and Lauren Aikins “stand up” against racial injustice because of their adopted daughter

Thomas Ratt and Lauren Aikins “stand up” against racial injustice because of their adopted daughter

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Thomas Ratt and his wife, Lauren Aikins, reflect on the importance of appearing to adopted daughter Will Gray, knowing that parents have advised her to get up “for everyone with her beautiful brown skin partner.”

The couple commented on the fight against racial injustice over the death of George Floyd and how not to do anything would be like betrayal with a four-year-old daughter they adopted from Uganda in 2017.

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Akins, who spoke of her experience as a white mother raising a black child, wrote that she was “nervous” to open up “because some people believe that as a white mother I am incapable or incapable of making a black girl human.”

“I believe that shame comes from people who only like to see my white and brown skin and refuse to see our hearts and love for each other,” he added with a Bible verse about rising up against evil.

Explaining how Akin’s heart was troubled, he said that out of fear, he had to make it clear to his daughter, Willie Gray, that “I stand for her mother, not just for her, but for every beautiful person who shares her beautiful brown skin.” . “

“I want to be her mother who made her red what brown skin means and be proud of it. I want to be her mother who is not ashamed of her skin color but listens to the spirit of God who has bound every skin color of her womb for her glory ”“ She continues. ”Because truth: I am her mother fighting for her. I am her mother who is only her and He didn’t have two sisters, but they did, and God made them exactly who they are. “

Akins, who shares daughter Ada James, 2, and Lennon Love, 3, with native singer Thomas Rate, said “against injustice” was contrary to all that was said.

“I believe that if I do not speak out against injustice and fight for change, I am disobedient to God. I believe that if I remain silent, I betray my siblings. I believe that if I remain silent, I betray my daughter, “she encourages her fans to join her.” We are talking out loud about whether we share the same skin color, language, faith, whether that list goes on. “

“I want my kids to get along well. Love, peace, kindness, joy. I want them to be good, ”Akins added. “Evil is evil. It breaks the heart of God. I pray that He breaks each of us for this injustice until He returns. ”

Rate shared his post on how he “struggled” with finding the right words.

“As a black girl and the father of two white girls – I struggled with what I would say today,” the country singer wrote. “We deal directly with different types of racism and although our family is mostly supportive and loving towards the family, sometimes it is just the opposite. Because of that fear, choosing silence can be a lot easier but today I choose to talk. “

“I have no idea how it feels to be reacted to, abused or threatened with life by the authorities because of my skin color. I was devastated and angry when I witnessed George’s horrific murder and the harassment of other blacks and men in America.” Went, ”Rate said. “When I think about my daughters and what kind of world they will grow up in and how my work as a father shows me how they behave with love before hate. Recognize their value and not only the value of women, but also the value of human beings. “

He continued, saying that “I am praying for a change of heart for those whose hearts have been cut and hardened by hatred.”

“I pray for a deeper understanding of myself and for awareness of the experience of bad behavior in the way people of other skin races behave. “I pray for the families of those who have lost their lives due to violence or experienced trauma through racial oppression and injustice,” he wrote. “What can we do? I ask myself this question every day. We must all be part of the solution and we must be educated, financially supporting and serving the organizations that work well in our communities to overcome the injustice and hatred in our country. Like me, pray. “

“So if you have any questions about where I’m standing, make it clear to me – I’m standing with you, I’m standing with George and his family and everyone facing racism. I am standing with my wife and daughters. We will be guided in that struggle. “All my life. Stay calm, George. We won’t let it go,” he concluded his post.

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In the past, and still is, I’ve posted something nervous because some people believe that as a white mother I am incapable or incapable of making a black girl human. I believe that shame comes from people who just like to see my white and brown skin and refuse to see their heart and love for each other. That shame has created such anxiety in me that I am afraid to share my heart on social media. But as her mother I want to be eternally sure that I am her mother, who stands not only for her, but for every person who shares her beautiful brown skin. I want to be her mother to understand what the brown color of her skin means and to be proud of her I want to raise her. I want to be her mother who does not listen to the shame of skin color but listens to the spirit of God who has bound every color of skin in her mother’s womb for her glory. The truth is: I am fighting for his mother. I am her mother who is not only her and her two sisters, but they are and God made them who they are. It is difficult for me to determine exactly what I want to say to her and what I want to say to the world. I think there are parts of my heart that can be shared with the world in public but there are parts of my heart that should be kept here just for her and for all my children. But I believe that if I do not speak out against injustice and fight for change, I am disobedient to God. I believe that if I remain silent, I betray my siblings. I believe that if I remain silent, I will betray my daughter. I believe that if I remain silent I am betraying the heart of God. The fight is not silent. Use the most powerful weapon of all: love. Look at the one who made that weapon and follow his instructions. Together, let us be an army of love. Does that mean we share the same skin color, language, beliefs … speak out against injustice … the list goes on. I want my kids to hold on well. Love, peace, kindness, joy. I want them to be good. Evil is evil. It breaks the heart of God. I pray that He breaks each of us for this injustice until He returns.

Posted by Lauren Akins (Lolar_Akins) on May 31, 2020 at 9:38 am PDT

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As a black daughter and father of two white daughters I struggled with what I would say today led we deal directly with the kind of racism and although our family is mostly supportive and loving, sometimes it is just the opposite. Because of that fear, it may be easier to choose silence but today I choose to speak. Because of my skin color, I have no idea how I feel when I get reacted to, react negatively or face life threatening from the authorities. I was saddened and enraged when I witnessed the horrific murder of George and thought of harassing other blacks and men in America. I get scared when I think about my daughters and what kind of world they will grow up in and how my JOB as a parent is managing to hate them lovingly. Not only women but also people know their value and value. I have seen my black tape and crew members sometimes fighting on the street feeling safe because of their skin color. This is unacceptable. I do not believe in hatred I believe in love. What happened to George was pure hatred. We are all created by the same God. I pray for a change in the heart of that heart that has been overcome by hatred and hardened. I pray for a deeper understanding of myself and an awareness of the experience of misbehaving with people of other skin colors. I pray for the families of those who have lost their lives due to violence or experienced injuries at the hands of racial oppression and injustice. What can we do? I ask myself this question every day. We must all be part of the solution and continue to educate ourselves, financially supporting and serving the organizations that work well in our communities to overcome the injustices and hatreds in our country. And if you’re like me, keep praying. If you have any questions about where I’m standing, make it clear to me – I’m standing with you, I’m standing with George and his family and those who have faced racism. I am standing with my wife and daughters. We will struggle all our lives including this struggle. Peace be upon you, George. We do not allow it.

Posted by Thomasarettakins (@Thomaserettakins) on May 31, 2020 at 9:38 am PDT