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I Want to Talk to Merton About Race – Sophfronia Scott

March 11, 2021
Photo of Merton’s work clothes from our pilgrimage to the Merton Center at Bellarmine University in Louisville

I want to talk to Thomas Merton about race. One might doubt whether a cloistered White man who lived in Kentucky in the middle part of the last century would have anything useful to offer, but this particular monk knew that such a conversation is never about race alone. Talking about race means, among many things, sharing our fears and frustrations about our place in the world, about how people are treated, about a hope for better opportunities that never seem to materialize. In other words, it’s about dignity, respect, a shared humanity, and ultimately our hearts and souls. Racism is not just about White people treating people of color badly; it is about how the repercussions of that treatment reverberate for everyone, to the detriment of us all… read more at

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  1. pynkoski2 permalink

    I was so impressed with her approach, her engagement. Makes me want to read her novels.

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