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[Kim Crooks Korinek, “The antidote to systemic racism: Spiritual oneness,” Sentinel, September 28, 2020]

Thanks for this timely and helpful article on racism. It’s excellent. In the future, the Sentinel might reconsider supporting as hard fact issues in the news that are not facts, but rather strong (and differing) human opinion. Whether racism is systemic is a matter of intense political debate. You might want to refrain from inadvertently supporting one political position over another. I hope you will receive this as constructive (and nonpartisan) criticism.  

Name withheld by request, via JSH-Online.com

We accept that the term systemic racism is seen in ways that make its use problematic, and that we need to be particularly careful if using it. However, as a recent communication from the Christian Science Board of Directors noted, a valuable lesson from calls for reform has been “a recognition that these evils often operate unseen and undetected unless there are committed efforts to expose and rise above them.” So, while humanity’s growth out of racism continues to need our united prayers, we will publish pieces that forward healing through understanding the allness of God’s goodness. As Mary Baker Eddy put it, “Expose and denounce the claims of evil and disease in all their forms, but realize no reality in them” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 447). –The Editors

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