Last month the United Church of Christ invited its congregations to conduct a “sacred conversation” about race in response to the controversy swirling around Trinity United Church of Christ and its now retired pastor, Jeremiah Wright.
Assuming that the invitation applied to Presbyterians too, I went to the bookshelf and found Cornel West’s Race Matters. West, a professor of religion at Princeton, introduces Race Matters with an account of one of the biweekly treks he and his wife have made to New York City. Both of them had appointments in Manhattan. It was raining. West dropped his wife off on 60th Street near Park Avenue, parked his car and stepped to the curb to hail a taxi. An empty cab passed, then a second and a third. Angry and wet, he watched as a tenth cab sailed by and stopped for a well-appointed woman of European descent.