Healing racism

When prejudice lurks in thought

While attending a conference in another country, I met a delegate from an area where racism was then supported by law and daily practiced against his people. This man was a joy to know. He was so gentle, kind, courteous, and intelligent. I felt angry that he was deprived of his freedom. Finally I decided to ask him how he could be so calm and loving in the face of racial bigotry and hatred. How could he stand not being free?

With quiet dignity he replied, "But I am free. No one can control what I think! No one can limit where I go in my thoughts." Instantly I felt humbled. He had shown me a higher sense of freedom. What love I felt for him. How he spurred me on to pray for racial discrimination to be healed!

True cleansing
September 6, 1999

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