Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shared his dream on the National Mall of Washington DC on August 28, 1963. His moving rhetoric impelled constructive action for civil rights of Blacks during the Sixties. Much remains to be done to confront individual and structural racism, however.
In 1979 the U.S. Bishops published a pastoral letter on racism – Brothers and Sisters to Us. It deserves our attention as we reflect on Dr. King’s vision for a Beloved Community. The Bishops wrote:
“Racism is a sin: a sin that divides the human family, blots out the image of God among specific members of that family, and violates the fundamental human dignity of those called to be the children of the same Father. Racism is the sin that says some human beings are inherently superior and others essentially inferior because of race.”
“The structures of our society are subtly racist…They are geared to the success of the majority and the failure of the minority.”
Residents in the Fond du Lac area are encouraged to participate in the Racial Justice Tipping Point Workshop that will be held on September 17th at Marian University’s Stayer Center (8:30-4:00 p.m.). You won’t want to miss it! Register online at http://www.csasisters.org/events.cfm