Relationship. That’s the first R. I had only been to the West End a handful of times before my involvement with EmpoweRWest. I had acquaintances who lived in the West End, but not friends. Now, I find myself in the West End on a regular basis. Now, I call many people friends who reside in the West End. Because of EmpoweRWest the people of the West End are more fully in my heart, more often on my mind, and always in my prayers.
Relationships led to new Revelations. Relationships formed through EmpoweRWest served as the foundation upon which I received new Revelations as to how black people have been and continue to be oppressed and exploited by white people, like myself.
Relationships and new Revelations led to Reparations. I am now motivated and committed to help make the future more right after centuries of wrong. EmpoweRWest is a vehicle that has taught me how I can unleash the economic, educational, and spiritual power already present within West Louisville’s people. EmpoweRWest has shown me that by investing in black controlled institutions such as Simmons College of Kentucky and black-owned businesses in the West End I can help reverse the trade deficit between the West End and East End that sucks resources out the West End and perpetuates racial tension. Until money starts to flow from east to west, rather than west to east, then de facto segregation will persist. White people who care about racism and who have the means, must practice what they preach. We must put our money where our mouth is.
Relationships that led to Revelation that led to Reparations then may, hopefully, lead to Reconciliation. EmpoweRWest has shown me that if we really want Reconciliation, three other Rs must precede it.
Upon further review, these four words that begin with a common letter are not the only reason why I am committed to EmpoweRWest. I have more selfish reasons as well. Racial Reconciliation is tied up with my Redemption. My Redemption as a white Christian is wrapped up with Reconcilation, Reparations, Revelations, Relations.
EmpoweRWest is working to making all these Rs, a Reality.