By Jim Wallis 12-10-2015
“America stands at one side of a bridge right now as a white majority nation — on the other side, a country comprising a majority of minorities. This change is inevitable, but how our nation responds to it is currently unclear. Would-be political leaders like Donald Trump are hurling xenophobic rhetoric against our Muslim brothers and sisters, issuing calls to prevent them from coming to the U.S. based on some kind of religious test.
These appeals to racial fear have become far too common in our political discourse. Meanwhile, as the media report daily on police violence against people of color, a vast majority of white Americans — including white Christians — believe these are simply isolated incidents, while more than eight in ten black Americans, including black Christians, believe they are part of a broader pattern.
Are we headed for more conflict as too many in the shrinking white population try desperately to cling to the past? Or can we cross this bridge to a new America where we begin to see the “beloved community” that Dr. King envisioned?On Jan. 19, the day after our country commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, my new book, America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America, will be released.
As members of our Sojourners community and readers of my weekly column, I wanted you to be among the first to watch this preview.”