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Highlights for November

A reflection on racism and forgiveness

By Bob Libby
I have had a cross burned on my lawn, but I am a racist.
I have an award from the Hollywood Radio and Television Society, that honors me for creating “The World’s Best” radio public service announcement on racism. But, nonetheless, I am a racist.
Oh, like many parish priests, I have quoted the moving Rodgers and Hammerstein ballad from “South Pacific”: “You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear.”
But I am a racist.
While there’s a lot of truth to that song, I believe there’s more to racism than learned behavior.
President Obama often contended that racism was in our nation’s DNA.

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When a judge gives a Bible: Converting or consoling?

By Pamela A. Lewis
“That woman is not a heathen!” said my friend, practically coming through my phone receiver. She continued: “she was trying to convert her!” (With that statement I could almost make out my friend’s head.)
“That woman” was Amber Guyger, the 31-year-old white former Dallas police officer who had been sentenced to 10 years in prison for fatally shooting Botham Shem Jean, a black neighbor, last year in his apartment. She claimed to have mistaken his apartment for her own and said she had believed that Jean was an intruder.
The “she” who was trying to “convert” Guyger was Judge Tammy Kemp (who is black), who presided over Guyger’s trial.

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