An Open Apology to Thabiti Anyabwile

Dear Thabiti,

You don't know me, but I owe you an apology. I've been reading all of your blog posts recently and followed the discussion between you and Dr. White. I appreciate the discussion and I've been honestly trying to learn. However, I made a mistake and I want to tell you I'm sorry.

Several days ago I tweeted this in reference to one of your articles:

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I want to apologize because I spoke before I fully understood. I judged before I had complete clarity. I was quick to speak instead of being slow to listen.

I was blessed to attend T4G this past week and Ligon Duncan's sermon finally put things into perspective for me. We have kept silent when our brothers and sisters have been hurting. We have not obeyed the command to mourn with those who mourn. For that I am sorry. I'm sorry for not hurting with you and for not being a good neighbor. I'm sorry for being quick to speak.

I live in Southeastern Kentucky where it is predominately white so our opportunities to engage with black brothers and sisters are much fewer. Even so, thank you for being patient with people like me who genuinely want to understand, but may need to hear it a few different ways before it clicks. I'm sorry for jumping to conclusions brother and I pray you'll forgive me.

Grace and Peace,

Cam Hyde