Amy Julia Becker on Why She Wrote 'White Picket Fences'

On Tuesday, November 13th, Amy Julia Becker will join us for a conversation about Privilege, Power, and the Common Good. Becker address these concepts in her newly-released book, White Picket Fences: Turning Toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege. If you don’t have a chance to read her book before Tuesday’s event, we hope you’ll take a look at her blog post about why she wrote it—and if you have read her book, we hope you’ll read this post, too. It will give great context for her time with us.

One of the questions I get asked a lot about White Picket Fences: Turning toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege is why I wrote it. Why would I want to turn a mirror on my own privileged existence as an affluent, educated, white American woman? It’s a challenge to be vulnerable and publicly self-reflective at any time, and we currently live in a particularly polarized social climate. Warring left- and right-wing views seem to dominate the airwaves, and saying the wrong thing in front of either audience can escalate quickly and hurt people.

I don’t have a great answer as to why I wrote it. All I can say is that I felt compelled to do so. It wasn’t so much that I decided to write White Picket Fences as that I discovered it was the book I was already writing.

But what I can say is what I hope this book offers. I hope it offers a different way to navigate the questions that come up when talking about privilege, a way of hope instead of fear, a way of healing instead of guilt, a way of growth instead of despair.

Read the entire post here. And please join us on November 13th, 7-8:30pm at Third Church.

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