Our second monthly newsletter from Faith Commons is about Critical Race Theory:
In our monthly newsletter, Faith Commons seeks to break down barriers of communication we may put up when we hear language we don’t fully understand. Sometimes terminology can obfuscate or misrepresent the intention of the person using it. We want to practice listening and understanding with compassion so that language becomes a tool for understanding rather than division.
Last month, we broached the subject of polarization with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. This month, we will dip our toes into the topic of racial justice and the meaning of Critical Race Theory. We just celebrated Juneteenth for the first time as a federally recognized holiday, and this weekend we will celebrate our nation’s independence on the 4th of July. We now have a federal holiday that reminds us that while black Americans may have been liberated from English rule in 1776, they suffered in bondage as slaves to American whites until 1865. We applaud the establishment of this holiday while recognizing that our country still has a lot of work to do if our flag is ever to stand for one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.