If They Can Do It, Why Can’t We All?

I wrote a while back about an exceptional soccer team in Clarkston. Their story even piqued the interest of the New York Times, who wrote an article about them. Well, the Times are back in Clarkston. This time it’s a story about how Clarkston’s immigrant population has change the face of a local church congregation.

As a white southerner, I know i am probably not alone in often feeling that the world at large thinks we are all bigots and racists. It is nice, in the shadow of stories like the Jena 6, to hear about southern towns putting their differences aside and welcoming one another as neighbors and friends. It does make me wonder, though, why it seems easier to cross church boundaries when the people on the other side are immigrants, than it is when we are talking about black and white Americans. It saddens me that we have so much baggage that we have trouble looking past our shared history.

It also kind of bugs me that the author of the article referred to 285 as “The Atlanta Beltline.”

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