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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Nicholas Kristof column on America's "original sin"

Nick Kristof of The New York Times is such an important columnist for us Christians because he is sympathetic to evangelicals. He has traveled widely in Africa and has been very impressed by the work of World Vision, Samaritan's Purse, etc. Every six months or so he writes something to that effect.

Today he is doing something else. He makes a couple of mistakes (Martin Marty is super, but he is not a "theologian"--and I was surprised to see the phrase "AIDS victims" rather than "people with AIDS") but he has made a really insightful point for all of us to ponder regarding our most serious, most persistent social problem. Here is a snippet from the column to illustrate what I mean:

Much of the time, blacks have a pretty good sense of what whites think, but whites are oblivious to common black perspectives. What’s happening, I think, is that the Obama campaign [and the Jeremiah Wright controversy in particular] has led many white Americans to listen in for the first time to some of the black conversation — and they are thunderstruck.

To read the whole column, click here: