BRINGING HOME THE BACON

Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective

Our small town held a vigil this week to protest racism and, in solidarity with Charlottesville, to condemn the hatreds expressed by white nationalists.

I am very proud of those who organized this moment of healing in response to incidents that, in the words of former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney “caused racists to rejoice, minorities to weep, and the vast heart of America to mourn.”

Yet, for whites to protest white nationalism is more akin to asking chickens for their eggs than asking pigs for their bacon. What’s the cost?

It’s easier to attack the symbols of racism than the substance. Removing every Confederate monument in the South would make little difference in the racist nature of our land.

Here’s My Take: What would be the impact if, after our vigil, all in attendance would meet and pledge themselves to creating jobs for 100 unemployed black men and women in our community.

With limited job availability, it would probably mean some whites would face unemployment. Are we willing to give up the bacon?

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