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Say No to Hate: Robert Franklin

I want very badly to name the issues of poverty, wealth inequality, and class oppression, but all of these are intertwined with, and compounded by, the problem of race, difference, and grappling honestly with America’s history and identity. I have a metaphor for this process, it is a cracked egg with the yoke running long.

Educator and author, Robert Franklin is the President Emeritus and 10th president of Morehouse College (2007-2012). He is the Laney Chair in Moral Leadership at Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

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Robert Franklin: I want very badly to name the issues of poverty, wealth inequality, and class oppression, but all of these are intertwined with, and compounded by, the problem of race, difference, and grappling honestly with America’s history and identity. I have a metaphor for this process, it is a cracked egg with the yoke running long. Some people believe we can somehow restore the old order and repair the egg (Trumpers). The reality is that the egg is now broken open, and we have an opportunity to make something exciting and new.

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Robert Franklin: It will start with dialogue and deep listening. It appears to me, for the first time white people are starting to have these conversations with other white people. That is incredibly promising for me as an African-American straight, Christian man. Those dialogs must continue and expand and soon re-engage other people of color.

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Robert Franklin: Ella Baker, who worked both with SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) and the preachers, and with SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) and the students, is America’s patron saint of grassroots activism and organizing. I think she would urge us to start with the children and rear them well.

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Robert Franklin: It is now a fact of life. We can work with that. It is beautiful in its democratic openness, despite the debris and sewage that often appear in the river’s flow.

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Robert Franklin: The ACLU(American Civil Liberties Union), Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta, Concerned Black Clergy, and progressive media.

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Robert Franklin: Be, think, speak, live, and vote inclusively. I think that that is what the Dalai Lama, Pope Francis and Ella Baker would teach us.




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