Thanks for publishing my photo, Catholic Exchange, in After Charlottesville – Comment on Micro-segregation in Washington, DC

2017.08.13 Charlottesville Candlelight Vigil, Washington, DC USA 8056
2017.08.13 Charlottesville Candlelight Vigil, Washington, DC USA 8056 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for publishing my photo, Catholic Exchange (@CathExchange). It’s of the recent candlelight vigil after Charlottesville, held in Washington, DC (of course). You can view the rest of the photos from this day here.

Remarkably, the author, Russell Shaw notes the present-day effect of micro-segregation in Washington, DC, which I documented in yesterday’s post:

Thoughts and photos from the gilded ghetto | Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City, by Derek Hyra

These days nobody would call Washington a segregated Southern town, but blacks and whites still mostly live in self-segregated neighborhoods, still often study, work and even worship in segregated settings. And as far as I can tell, black-white friendships remain the exception rather than the rule.

The thing about Washington, DC is that there is no better place to learn about the future. Or at least I have not found one.

Friendship is the antidote to such sins of the heart. But friendship is impossible for people who don’t get to know one another and interact in settings conducive to making friends. Surely this is an area where the Church and the churches have something to offer.

Source: After Charlottesville

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