A popular American female preacher, Marianne Williamson had white Americans apologised to black Americans in her church. She tagged the session as, “please forgive us” .
In the calm atmosphere of church service, Marianne said she was going to ask the white Americans in the room to apologize to the black by repeating after her. She asked white people to turn to the blacks and say:
“Unbehalf of my self and unbehalf of my country, to you and all African Americans, from the beginning of our nation’s history in honor of your ancestors and unbehalf of your children, please hear this from my heart. I apologize. Please forgive us. With this prayer, I acknowledge the depth of the evils that have been perpetrated against black people in America from slavery to lynchings, to white supremacist laws, to the denial of voting rights, to all the ways both large and and small , all of them evil, all of them wrong . For all the oppression and all the injustice , I apologize. Please forgive us. For the denial of any civil rights for inequalities in criminal justice to any instances of police brutality, to the denial of opportunity, for economic injustice, for any ways that a racial element has played into the perpetration of injustice , I apologize, please forgive us.”
Marianne Williamson has led similar healing service across America. According to Williamson, national apology and reparation are necessary to heal America.
She went ahead to assert that emancipation proclamation, the 13th amendment which abolished slavery , a presidential pen could end injustices and a constitutional amendment could end the evil institution, but racism didn’t end. She stated.
According to her, no presidential pen or constitutional amendment could eradicate racism. It could eradicate the institution which was a manifestation of that. She stated There are certain things the government is not gonna do so where does it begin ? It begins with us. And that begins with atonement. She urged the church as the whites prays for forgiveness.
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