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Thursday, August 17, 2017

To a vigil last night about Charlottesville. This was, for the most part, an important event, and I am glad I attended. In the way of these things elected officials alternated with various religious leaders in discussing the issues we are confronted with, and made a number of good points. However, about two thirds of the way into it one of the shaman started talking about how Make America Great Again was a flawed concept because for many America has never been great. It wasn't great to the African slaves and their descendants, it wasn't great for immigrants, it wasn't great for Jews-- "Well," he said, "Not all of them. Some did all right for themselves." A murmur of disapproval rippled the air. The woman sitting next to me fingered the Star of David on the chain around her neck, and I thought to myself, "This is the heart of the problem. Bigotry is so deeply bred into our national psyche that it can and will bubble to the surface even in a church, even at a rally against bigotry. Honestly, there is a long road in front of us.

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