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Demonizing White People Doesn't Improve Race Relations

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My father, a black minister, taught me when I was growing up in Georgia that I should look at people as individuals, not through a racial lens. Just as it was wrong for white racists to hate black people, it was wrong for us to hate white people, he said. And as a minister, my father spread the words of Jesus Christ, who taught: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” All neighbors. In the 1990s, my father co-hosted a local Christian television program in North Carolina called “The Gospel in Black and White,” where he and a white pastor preached a message of “racial reconciliation.” They believed that America could experience true racial healing only if hearts were changed. They wanted everyone to follow the advice of Dr. Martin Luther and judge people “by the content of their character” and not by “the color of their skin.” Until recently, I never found my father’s teaching to be radical. But in today’s society, it is being rejected far too often by folks on both sides of the…