Some commentators insist that much of the anti-Obama rhetoric out there is rooted in racism. I don't doubt that some of it is and that racism is still an issue in me as an individual and in our society. Yet, the more I relate to Africans and middle class African-Americans and see how they are able to function in our society, the more I believe that one's culture is even more important than the color of your skin. This posting is a story about my experience with one African family.
I interviewed a 26 year old about her year long experience teaching in the Marshall Islands in something like a Peace Corps assignment. I was impressed with her observations about plunging into a different culture. Although she didn't mention God, her reflections on what helps us mature seem relevant.