Erin Napier Had a Powerful Conversation with a Fan on Instagram About Her Response to Black Lives Matter
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Erin Napier from his hometown recently added to the celebrity conversation surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement.
Erin shared a fan exchange she had on Instagram to illustrate her views.
With all 50 states and 18 countries participating in protests against Black Lives Matter, we are currently experiencing the largest civil rights movement in world history. While not everyone lives in a large city where protests are taking place, people around the world are finding ways to work for what is right - including Erin Napier.
The hometown star went on Instagram on Wednesday June 3 to share a chat with a fan and a fan named Danielle, who expressed genuine concern that she no longer spoke to her platform. Erin shared a photo of their conversation titled "Thank you, @ dlsmalley36 ♥ ️ (ps - my heart is racing because it's scary to share with the world about the big things that matter)."
"As a big fan of you and your show, a follower of Christ and a black woman, I was hoping that you would take a bigger position," Danielle said in her message to Erin.
Erin replied with a long paragraph explaining her thoughts and how to post on Instagram.
Here is Erin's full message:
Hi Danielle, I really appreciate you writing to me and following our story and show. I have a feeling that if your hometown resonates with you, it might make sense. I want you to know that my calmness on social media is not a difference of opinion, just a difference of expression. I think a "bigger" point of view is the small opportunities we take every day when we go to the post office or order food in a restaurant. I live in a 60% African American city. I go to church with people who are not my color. I loved these people and worshiped with them and I will teach Helen the same. I believe Jesus teaches us mercy, love and empathy. And I believe that forced social media postings are not the answer. It is artificial. It won't heal what's wrong. Because in a week most of these people will publish the best summer sangria recipes and photos of their dogs again because they feel they have done their part with their contribution on Monday, and I feel sick. So I just withdraw from any mass movement that feels insincere. I think it's the rebellious phase that troubled my parents in high school and is now holding me back from what "everyone is doing". But do you know this: I think Jesus is teaching me to show mercy, love, kindness, and compassion to everyone I interact with every day of my life. I don't have to post a black square for that to be true, and virtue doesn't happen at the request of a mob. I'm so sorry if you were a victim of your life because of the color of your skin. I do not know your situation, but I will say a prayer for you today and continue my mission to take the next right step and do the right thing.
After Danielle thanked her for her words, Erin continued, "I wish I could hug your neck. I think we all have so much more in common than the world expects of us. "
Click on Erin's Instagram to see the full story. There you will find that she followed Danielle, hoping to learn more about her.
"The truth is, change happens one to one, just like that," Erin concluded. "That is the only thing the world should really know."
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