Systemic Racism – A Lesson From The Book of Jonah

Today, many people contend that systemic racism continues to exist in our communities and within our Christian congregations.  Racism can be defined as what makes some people see others with suspicion or to attribute negative characteristics to an entire group of people. This type of evil manifests itself in many peoples’ individual thoughts, and also in the workings of our society itself.   Many people today protest that what they perceive as continuing inequalities in education, housing, employment, wealth, and representation in leadership positions are rooted in what they believe is America’s shameful history of slavery and systemic racism. There is no argument that during the 1950s and 1960s, black Americans fiercely struggled to gain equal rights under the law in the United States.  However, people seeing others with suspicion or attributing negative characteristics to an entire group of…

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