What You Should Know

Nowadays in academia, it is common and applauded for researchers to acknowledge their bias. There is no longer the assumption that researchers can objectively remove themselves from their own political, personal or experiential biases, on the contrary, they must acknowledge them and take them into account. This means that at the beginning of an article or book, a researcher should immediately let the audience know of factors that influence their perspective so the audience can be aware and keep this in mind. That being said, below are three biases that not only influence how I see the world, but also make up who I am:

I am a woman. I am a wife of eight years, a mother of three children, and a lover of sitting around food and talking with friends while listening to music. I would be leaving out fifty percent of my life if I didn’t include my love of music, as a singer/songwriter music is one of my favorite arts of expression.

I am African-American. Raised in a predominantly white – populated city, I was acutely aware of this fact at a young age. My grace was the African-American church community that took the proverb “it takes a village to raise a child” literally. My value and worth were built up and I was raised to pursue my passions. This led me to my first step in higher education at Bethel Seminary where I received my Masters in 2013. In my early thirties I am still learning how important and rich this ethnic and cultural heritage is to and for me.

I am a Christian. I cannot overstate how vital this is to me. My intimate connection to God is what has given me the courage to start this podcast. At the same time, I was scared to include this statement. I was scared because the Christian label has so many (mainly negative) connotations now. But I believe there is not only a role but a call for the church to point and lead our nation to shalom, holistic peace.