In 1991, Rodney King asked, "Why can't we all just get along?" Since then we have seen multiple police shootings of black adults and children, the brutal racist murders of nine churchgoers in Charleston, Neo-nazi marchers in Charlottesville, and much, much more to remind us how deeply racism stains our society. "It is a wound in humanity's side that mysteriously remains open."
Our Church has been clear that racism, white supremacy, and neo-nazism are serious sins and that eradicating them in ourselves and in society and its structures requires conversion on the part of all of us. A great deal of attention is paid-rightfully-to changes in personal and collective attitudes and behaviors, recognizing privilege (in its various forms), truth-telling about our collective past, racial healing, and reconciliation. Too little attention, however, is paid to the equally important economic, social, and political tasks demanded by racial solidarity and needed to end institutionalized racism.