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“I’m Not a Racist!”
In the pastoral letter, “Open Wide Our Hearts,” published by the U.S. Catholic bishops, racism is defined. “Racism arises when – either consciously or unconsciously – a person holds that his or her own race or ethnicity is superior, and therefore judges persons of other races or ethnicities as inferior and unworthy of equal regard. When this conviction or attitude leads individuals or groups to exclude, mistreat, or unjustly discriminate against persons on the basis of their race or ethnicity, it is sinful.”
Racism occurs when we ignore the truth that “all humans share a common origin, they are all brothers and sisters, all euqlly made in the image of God.” The consequence is “prejudice and fear, and – all too often – hatred.”
Next week we will examine the many forms of racism.