Article by Chris Mehan
We were well into the antiracism workshop at East Leonard Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Mich., when one participant raised his hand.
“When are we going to get to the more hopeful stuff?” he asked, sounding a little exasperated.
What he had learned about the roots and prevalence of racism was making him — and I suspect all of us in the church basement — feel uneasy.
For several hours, the facilitators from Congregational Organizing for Racial Reconciliation (CORR) had been leading us through the history of racism and oppression that blacks and other minority groups have experienced in North America.