Welton also offers his own commentary on racial justice in the United States, drawing on his early childhood years in West Tennessee and his experiences in the decades since. He shares that what we must reject in this process is a hope that this will all just go away. It’s denial that polarizes, that excuses and that leads to great human suffering. There is a direct line connecting the deaths of unarmed civilians in our streets, and the kinds of brutality revealed, at long last, in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture that was released this past week. There is an enormous cost to each of us when injustice is done in our name. This was true in the civil rights era, and it remains true today.

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