Dreaming of Wholeness: Quakers and the Future of Racial Healing

Interview 8 Comments

How can Quakers play a role in racial healing? According to Sterling Duns, it’s going to take a lot of dreaming.

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Comments 8

  1. Dorothy Grannell

    City & State
    Portland, ME
    Okay let’s be on the continuum to freedom by going to dream mountain, coming back to reality, making the changes and moving the continuum so the ark of future curves to freedom.

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  3. Leroy Hartung

    City & State
    Lad Vegas, NV
    I would like to believe that early Quakers refused to own slaves. I would like to believe that if those who did own slaves, that they did so to keep them free. Quite a contradiction in thought. Altruistic but strange.

  4. Susan Fagin

    City & State
    Not available
    Integrate until there are no more identifiable physical “racial” characteristics. “Race” is a made-up term anyway, and is meaningless.

  5. Marybeth B

    These Quaker speaks are wonderful! I have learned much.

    Yes, I hope one day everyone can be free and we will no longer have talks of racism. Does that sound too idealistic? I hope not. I hope it will be real one at.

  6. Irene Oleksiw

    City & State
    Downingtown, PA
    With an eye on that Reality Meadow, one strategy Quakers could pursue is spotlighting the facts of racism, e.g.
    – 8 states ban race-based affirmative action at all public universities (but don’t ban preferential treatment for athletes or children of alum’s)
    – For schools with the highest percentage of black and Latino students
    25% – no Algebra II
    33% – no Chemistry
    (2011-12)
    – Home ownership
    41% Black
    47% Hispanic
    72% White
    – Minorities represent 35% of Americans but comprise 13% of newspaper employees
    – For every 1000 births, 4.8 white infants die while 11.7 black babies die; correcting for poverty, the levels are still higher for blacks and the culprit seems to be stress from daily doses of micro-inequities; stress hormones increase the risk of preterm labor

  7. Sallie Jones

    I like his take on the Quaker point of view about those of color. Wondered about his comment about standing up in a meeting or church “buck naked”. Not the modest Quakers I know.

  8. JOYCE AJLOUNY

    City & State
    Philadelphia
    This is beautiful Sterling. Important reminders: It’s a gradual continuum. Quakers have a role in the racial healing work. Quaker history of going against the grain. The practice of osculating between Dream Mountain & Reality Meadow.

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