Here’s how Jesus was a fence to me this morning: we thought that the vent cleaners were coming at 9, but they arrived while I was in the shower. I was trapped in the bathroom! My bashful kids stayed in their rooms. So just my blue-eyed, alabaster-skinned husband presented.
The vent cleaner walked around the house with my husband. He said we didn’t need his services! We get to keep our money!🙌🏾

He complimented our house, and then...he started complaining about the people of color who are ruining his neighborhood with their criming.
My husband walked him to and through the door.

If I had greeted him, would he have charged us for services we didn’t need? Would he have treated me with dignity?

I live with constant anxiety about whether I will be unfairly treated and overcharged b/c of my gender and race.
I am grateful that Jesus was a fence to me today, but please know that we live in a world where my white husband was a buffer to racialized nonsense—I didn’t leave my house; it came to me. We shouldn’t need white proxies in order to get equitable treatment.

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