Charlottesville and Race Relations

Events in Charlottesville this past week jolted a lot of people. It is hard to believe that in 2017 we would witness a white supremacist march and, to add insult to injury, have a 20-year-old young man drive his car into a crowd of people, killing one and injuring many. For most well-meaning Americans, issues of racial strife not only highlight the underlying problem of racism that has plagued our society for centuries, but also present an opportunity for a real assessment of our own actions and the extent to which we can all move forward in building that perfect union where each citizen is valued and affirmed, irrespective of race or gender.

(Continue Reading…) Racism results from a kind of hatred that incites violence against one another. For many African Americans and people of color, racism is a daily experience. At school, at the mall, at grocery stores, at work, in the bus, in restaurants, and even in their own homes — wherever a person of color is, he or she faces the potential violence of racism.

Times like these make me want to find a quiet place in a church for solace and shelter, affirmation and healing. I wish to reconnect with my inner self — that true self which is beyond any form of human category, to shed a tear and embrace a kind of nothingness which is present and visible. But the church often becomes the sanctuary of those who seek to perpetuate the violence of racism because they can hide under the cover of goodwill.

Maybe, just maybe. . . . that is all the more reason why we all have to find within ourselves that zeal to turn the darkness of racism into the bright light of brotherhood.

~ Manny