One must be careful with words. To describe a moment or a person as "racist" is momentous. The allegation speaks to a deep moral blindness. It means that the moment or the person is unable to see the intrinsic dignity of all people. It is deeply serious.
It is also puzzling. Why is it that racism persists? Why are there groups, websites, movements that deny the fundamental equality of all people? Why do conspiracy theories abound that America is for white people? Why is that most white people do know others who harbor racist attitudes? These questions are important. Much as we want to shy away from these questions, we need to confront them. For the sake of justice and peace, these are vitally important Gospel questions.
So today is important. The Eucharist this morning at 8.25am. The Silent Reflection, preceded by 50 tolls of the chapel bells at the time Dr. King was shot, is important. The presentation by Dr. David Pilgrim on the "The persistance of racial caricatures and stereotypes: lessons from the Jim Crow Museum" is important. This is important work sisters and brothers. Let us do it together.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President