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I never imagined in my lifetime that I would witness a seditious, treasonous insurrection against our government by a mob of angry citizens that was incited by our own President and sitting Members of Congress, stoking the false rhetoric of a stolen election.

Maybe I should not have been so naive. If we look closely at our country’s history, white mob violence has often been the response to perceived threats against white comfort.

While I have written much this year about white fragility, white privilege, and white supremacy, today I am sharing with you the voices of other writers highlighting this ongoing challenge for our nation in news analysis and opinion pieces drafted in the days following the January 6th violence in our Capitol building. (Click on any of the images to be taken to the articles and videos).

As Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) says in one of the interviews:  “The white people of this country are going to have to take responsibility, and they’re the ones that are going to have to help change the thinking.”

Are you ready to take responsibility and help change the thinking? This has been our history but it does not have to be our future.

Come join us for our Understanding Whiteness and Unlearning Racism study group — an 8-week certified course offered by Soul Force Politics to help you investigate these issues more intimately and, through expert facilitation of engaging group dialogue, find a path to transformation for yourself and your community.

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“We don’t get racial justice out of a true democracy. We get a true democracy out of racial justice.”
— Rashad Robinson, the president of the civil rights group Color of Change

I wrote this Independence Day essay on July 4, 2020 to express my own journey of reconciling the illusion of who we wish we were, to say more clearly who we actually are, and to reinvest my spirit into the potential of what we might yet still become as a nation.