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Lamenting, listening, praying, and participating our way to change

Race Issues | Racial problems in America are local, and so are the solutions
by Anthony Bradley
Posted 7/09/16, 03:09 pm

America is currently caught in a social crisis at the intersection of race and violence. White police officers shot two black men this week in St. Paul, Minn., and Baton Rouge, La. In the aftermath, a gunman shot five police officers in Dallas in a race-motivated assassination on law enforcement, a man lured police officer into his Valdosta, Ga., home and murdered him, a man ambushed an officer during a traffic stop in suburban St.

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Racism and me

Race Issues | Are whites in denial if they say they are not racist?
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 6/30/16, 12:58 pm

I am not a racist. There, I said it. I am starting to be wearied by the unrelenting pressure to admit to a crime I do not feel guilty of, even though, in a sense, it would be easier at this point to just say I’m a racist and be done with it. That’s what Joseph K. finally does in Kafka’s The Trial. One year after his arrest for a vague capital offense in which no specific charges or hard evidence are ever put forward, the beleaguered banker is so beaten down that he offers no resistance as they drag him off to his execution.

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Faith, love, and hope for reconciliation

Charleston Shooting | A year after the shootings at Charleston’s Mother Emanuel Church, one woman continues to call for racial unity
by Dick Peterson
Posted 6/17/16, 08:37 am

Alana Simmons didn’t intend to speak to Dylann Roof at his bond hearing, two days after he shot and killed nine members of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. But as others began to speak forgiveness, she felt the need to tell about the legacy of love her grandfather, Rev. Daniel Simmons, 74, left behind. The experience changed the direction of her life.

Now, a year after the June 17 massacre, Simmons heads a growing non-profit organization that promotes acts of forgiveness and gives voice to the message that love is stronger than hate.

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