Sure they’re a tiny fringe minority; but the fact remains that American racists have expressed their delight with, and support for, Donald Trump ever since he launched his campaign for president. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll talk about how white supremacists are cashing in their political chips in Charlottesville and across the nation.
Host Rev. Welton Gaddy will be joined by investigative journalist Sarah Posner, who was in Virginia for the devastating events last weekend. Together they’ll tackle tough questions about the Trump administration’s support for the “alt-right,” the overlap between conservative Christians and racists and what to expect from white supremacists who are vowing to hold new protests in the coming days and weeks.
No matter how deeply recent events have wounded white people of faith, African Americans have been wounded even more. Welton will be joined by Pastor Mike McBride, director of the Live Free Campaign at PICO Network, who delivered a strong message this week that thoughts and prayers are no longer enough. What America needs, he argues, is for white Christians to reject white supremacy. We’ll explore what he means by that.
It was inspiring to see a diverse group of faith leaders gather in Charlottesville to stand against racism and hate, but we later saw images of those same leaders under attack by white supremacists. We’ll be joined by Interfaith Alliance president Rabbi Jack Moline to discuss interfaith activism in an era of hate.
And Welton will share some thoughts on the essential need to step up and speak out in the face of white supremacy and hate – regardless of the level at which such tendencies show themselves.