"If it ain't broke, don't fix it," goes the adage. It is precisely this mentality that has swept a festering wound under the rug, implying that race relations is not an issue. Today's social unrest is forcing us to reckon with our past and to recognize a painful truth: the fabric of our society is woven with a history of racism. The horrific images of the murder of George Floyd have made it impossible to pretend otherwise. It's not that this incident hasn't happened before, but this man has become a glaring symbol of the underlying injustice that has gone on from the beginnings of our comparatively young country. The subsequent uprising among the greater part of the population, representative of all races, religions and ethnicities, signals that this time maybe different. We need to take courage and face rhe hard questions, try understand the deep wounds and challenge the complacency. Just maybe, we can find solutions together.
Racism has deep roots — it will take time and personal action to remove it
How relationships can uncover our blindness to racism
How a suffering gathered a community
An interracial couple shares their experiences of racism and reflects on what it will mean for their future children
Organizing a breakfast drive for the homeless
An African American living in a Focolare community shares her perspective