February 21, 2017

The Deep Roots Of Racism

Source: Duke Kwon
Race relations is so deeply divisive because, like everything else, it has been politicized rather than humanized. Regardless of where we stand on this issue or that policy, where we stand is not where we all need to get to as a people. There are no easy answers, to be sure, but a necessary step in the right direction is recognition that the roots of racism run deep and wide in this country. And much of the bad fruit we all like to grumble about--poverty, urban crime, etc.--is but the fruit of a tree we nurtured for a very long time. Did you know, for instance, that for years African Americans were denied social security benefits, union benefits, GI bill benefits, etc. etc. Healing will be a long time coming: centuries of injustice won't be alleviated in a generation. Nonetheless, with God's help, let us together keep moving in the direction of Thy Kingdom come...

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. --Book of Common Prayer

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