Pick Up Your Cross, Not Your Political Pitchfork: How to be Friends With Different Viewpoints
We never should have been friends.
At least, that’s what we laugh about, as Shivangi, one of my best friends tells me, “Kristin, I never thought I’d want to be friends with someone like you.”
Shivangi’s and my backgrounds are strikingly different. Born in India and raised with Hinduism, Shivangi and her family immigrated to the U.S. at a young age. Her childhood and teen years were plagued by financial strain and bullying-her darker skin a target. I grew up in a wealthy community in Southern California, and sports, cheerleading, friends, boys, and cute clothes were what consumed my mind, while attending a church youth group on the side.