“Racial” reconciliation is a national need.
The first Africans were brought here for their labor. Since that time the country has gone through one crisis after another over slavery and what followed. That includes one compromise after another about slavery and what followed. That includes one period of national shame after another over slavery and its aftermath. The Civil War was fought over what to do about slavery. In that war over 700,000 people died. Yet the country did almost nothing to address the myth that has poisoned the national relationship between “White” people and people of color from the beginning.
That myth and the national policy it produced is the reason for the condition of people of color in America today. It is the reason for a poverty of soul and spirit in the majority community, because there is also a cost to oppressing people. It is the reason we are not more successful than we are as a nation. That’s because there is a cost to living with the tension of “all men are created equal” while subjugating whole people groups. There is a cost that comes with the enslavement of the minds of Black and White Americans alike.