Kim Cash Tate Goes Colorblind
By Jeremy Callahan
The 700 Club
Kim Cash Tate : “I formulated feelings of, you know, I just—I don’t really like white people. I don’t like what they did. And if they could get away with it, they’d probably do it again. There was prejudice there, definitely.
Kim Cash Tate was born during the height of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Of everything she witnessed, the television mini-series roots had the most profound effect on her views about race.
Kim Cash Tate: “That affected me deeply to be able to see the history of oppression and racism live and in color on that television set. It was one thing to hear about it, to read about it, but to see it depicted on television--
Mia Evans-Saracual: “What exactly did you internalize after watching that TV series?”
Kim Cash Tate: “To see Kunta Kinte being whipped, that’s when I really got a strong sense of okay, it’s us and them. And we’re the ones who are oppressed, we’re the ones who are looked upon as inferior, and they’re the ones with the advantages and they—they don’t really like us. My decision-making, my opinions, my attitudes were—they were all rooted in who I was as a black woman. I know I have to work twice as hard because they’ll prefer their own.”
Kim did work hard and earned her law degree from George Washington University. She lived in Prince George’s County, a suburb of Washington D.C. known as the wealthiest African-American community in the nation. Kim thrived on being a successful black woman. Then her husband, Bill received a great job offer and the couple moved to the Midwest—a move that changed the course of Kim’s life.
Kim Cash Tate: “I hated Madison, Wisconsin. I went there kicking and screaming. I had never been in a place that was that white. All the things I was used to, all the diversity and the familiarity – not there.”
Kim had trouble making friends and desperately wanted to move back home. She turned to god for help.
Kim Cash Tate: “I didn’t realize how empty I had been feeling, I thought it was just because I was in Madison instead of DC. I felt like there was this big hole, this void that I had been walking around with and –and there was something there that I needed so desperately and I didn’t have it. I didn’t know God, but I knew of God from the Catholic schools I went to as a child. And so I knew he could do miracles. And I said if God can do miracles, he can get me out of Madison.”
One Sunday, Kim and her husband decided to go to church. She was moved by the preacher’s words.
Kim Cash Tate: “I knew about Jesus, and really in my head, thought that he was the son of God. I didn’t know I could have a relationship with him. By the end of that sermon, I was just in tears and you just know that something has changed—I’m not going to leave this place the same way I came in.
That day, Kim gave her life to Jesus Christ.
I just had a hunger now to know the Lord, to know what is this Bible about. —I had never read the Bible.
She joined a women’s Bible study where a white woman named Bridgette tried to befriend her.
Kim Cash Tate: “We would have a great time, we would share testimonies, we would pray together. I didn’t really contact her outside of that. At the same time I’m praying to have a friend in Madison. And this black woman joined our church. And I started making a beeline to her after church. And calling her up, inviting her to dinner. I said as my testimony for the week, I am so thankful that God gave me a friend in Madison, finally.
Kim says she was approached by the Bible study leader, who saw her overlooking the white woman who tried to be her friend.
Kim Cash Tate: “I didn’t even realize I was doing that—to have hurt Bridgette that way and God was showing me my heart, which was grievous to me. I was in tears that night as God just really pierced my heart with that. I started looking up Scriptures and writing them down and about the fact that we’re one in Christ. And that there’s unity in the body and –and so it was definitely a process of studying, of praying, of growing with Bridgette, because she and I were still going to the Bible study every Wednesday. She was able to love me regardless and understand where I was and that we were able to grow together in friendship.
Mia Evans-Saracual: “How do you balance where you are now, seeing life through the perspective of Jesus and accepting who you are as a black woman?”
Kim Cash Tate: “I love the color of my skin, I love my culture still. It’s just that I have a proper perspective now that I don’t live, move, and have my being in it. I live, move, and have my being in Christ. I know now, after studying the word of God, after getting to know who the Lord is, that I –I’m far from inferior. In Christ all things are possible.”
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