Dreaming of Wholeness: Quakers and the Future of Racial Healing

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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13 thoughts on “Dreaming of Wholeness: Quakers and the Future of Racial Healing

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Integrate until there are no more identifiable physical “racial” characteristics. “Race” is a made-up term anyway, and is meaningless.

  4. 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.

  5. 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
    – 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

  6. 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.

    1. I have been told that in the 17th century when this happened, the word ‘naked’ was used to mean not fully dressed. I.e., they might have been wearing underclothes. And it was not in meeting or church, it was in a public demonstration.

  7. 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.

  8. Thank you all for this beautiful video.
    Today I am reminded of the lyrics I have found personally helpful from Oscar Hammerstein II’s song from South Pacific “Happy Talk” :
    Talk about things you’d like to do
    You’ve got to have a dream
    If you don’t have a dream
    How you gonna have a dream come true.

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