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Shalom Sistas is a podcast hosted by Osheta Moore—a wifey, writer, entrepreneur, and mom who loves to talk Shalom with her favorite women, her Shalom Sistas. While Shalom is often thought of as another word for peace, it’s actually a deep and wide concept of the world as it should be— whole, flourishing, and vibrant. Being a Shalom Sista is as simple as seeing a need in the world and asking "how can I help?" Every episode, Osheta will introduce a Shalom Sista who asked that very question to share her story and give practical advice that will inspire and encourage women to be wholehearted and seek wholeness in the world right around her. We don’t’ get preachy here, but we do get personal, practical, and at times, a little playful!
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Day 5: Dear White Peacemakers

Shalom Sistas

Published on 10/07/2018

Today I write about this letter I wrote on Instagram (@oshetam) Dear White Peacemakers, ⠀ ⠀ Let’s sit and have an honest heart-to-heart.⠀ ⠀ As we are stepping up and resisting the injustices of this world, will you commit to being mindful of one thing: you are opting in to an awareness of justice issues- for many people of color we've lived our whole lives navigating systemic brokenness. Brown and Black lives have been lost seeking this shalom, so approach justice efforts with some humility, please. ⠀ ⠀ If the words and works of resistance from leaders of color inspire you to speak truth to power- give credit where credit is due because their voice was the first to hold the powers accountable. You are joining in their chorus. Know your part. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ If their art moves you to create flourishing for those in need- learn the choreography of shalom by getting in step with the community from which that art was born- learn from them, listen to them, move with them- you are a student in *their* Master Class.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ If you quote a black poet, put some respect on her name by understanding the context in which she wrote those words and don’t just use them to make yourself seem more “woke”. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Because I say this with so much love and hope for our future together: we can stand united against the brokenness of this world if you, as a white person, acknowledge that the Spirit has been moving in communities of color and you're coming to this work from a place of privilege. ⠀ ⠀ You can sing songs, quote lines, and share art that was created out of hardship and never share in those peoples’ suffering. Jesus modeled a different way. One that put himself right into the place of pain for those whom he loved. ⠀ Be careful, Friends. I often worry about you. Don't play around with this social justice appropriation. It undermines our partnership, gives footholds for pride, adds salt to ancient wounds. White Peacemakers, please be on guard. Please don’t use the liberation work of people of color to support your resistance and not give them their due respect. Please model Christ-like humility when seeking justice and doing good. ⠀ ⠀ Love, ⠀ Your Black Peacemaking Sista⠀

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