America the Beautiful, America the Violent | Third Culture | Peter Chin

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Peter W. ChinFerguson may be about race, but it is also about violence. And we should have something to say about both.

Let me be clear: I believe that Ferguson is about race.

I know that many people disagree with that statement, that Officer Darren Wilson’s actions were not ostensibly motivated by race, and so could not have been racist. But racism goes beyond an individual’s prejudice against people of a different color. It is a historical reality that goes back to the inception of this country, and exists not only in people’s minds but in the halls of our most powerful institutions. So even if an event is not directly motivated by personal prejudice, it can still be about race. I think Lecrae put it far better than I ever could:

When people say “why are you making this a racial thing?” They’ve unknowingly answered their own question. —@lecrae, November 25, 2014 Continue reading →

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