St. Catherine University and Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ) communities are honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by holding a community conversation on dismantling systematic racism. 800 people attended the conversation lead by Father Bryan Massingale, a professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University in New York. The event was entitled “To Redeem the Soul of America: A Moral Vision for a Movement against Racism,” and it addressed the current state of racism in the US. Fr. Massingale stated that “prejudice, discrimination or antagonism toward others based on their race or ethnicity continues because there are people in the United States who are indifferent to racism or who have mixed feelings about whether itself exists.”
Fr. Massingale also emphasized that in order to truly eradicate racial inequality, we need to undergo a moral transformation and look as a society beyond what is immediately visible or obvious. Fr. Massingale also praise Martin Luther King Jr. for his “foresight in this regard. He understood that the visible and ever-changing – laws, policies, customs, dress and literature, for example – were reflections of something deeper.”
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