Every Potent Paragraph

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There are times when you read a piece, and every single paragraph is a powerful expression of truth-telling. I want to pass along such a piece today:

America’s Optimistic Spirit is Killing Us Because We Don’t Know What Faith Is
by Chris Dela Cruz

I will lift just two quotes:

“These American coping mechanisms of super positive thinking, of ‘frontier’ sky’s-the-limit mentality, and optimistic framing have ill-equipped us to take a horrific pandemic seriously, to confront the realities of long-embedded systemic racism, and to actually use our dream-thinking where it could matter – to pool our resources to deal with an unprecedented economic disaster with actual far-reaching solutions that help people.”


“And so we are left with thousands of people dead of COVID-19 without acknowledging that it doesn’t have to be this way, with a country that cannot even deal symbolically with our racist statues without federal stormtroopers kidnapping people in rental cars.”

Every single word of this,

A good word is not always easy. This piece is a hard, good word that challenges us to the core. It tells the bad news as it is, and we need to wake up.

Renee Roederer

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