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Recognized by our actions

April 30, 2014

Why do racist words bring more accountability than racist practices? My colleague Sarah Henkel reflects on a scripture text of love, enacted and recognized, as the media explodes with stories and commentary on Donald Sterling’s racist comments.

Cross-Cultural Catalyst

This Sunday many congregations will be meditating on the story of Jesus on the road to Emmaus.  Jesus journeys with two disciples on the road.  The disciples tell the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection but do not recognize Jesus as the man walking beside them until, reaching their destination, they sit down to eat together. Jesus breaks bread with them and gives it to them to eat. In this action they recognize him.

I’ve been thinking of this scripture text of love, enacted and recognized, as the media explodes with stories and commentary on Donald Sterling’s racist comments, which have brought increased attention to Sterling’s history of racist actions (see Justice Department Obtains Record $2.725 Million Settlement of Housing Discrimination Lawsuit).  Mychal Denzel Smith, writing for the Huffington Post raises the question (raised by Jay Smooth in his latest Vlog):

“‘Why do racist words bring more…

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