How to Start Healing the Pain of Racial Division

How to Start Healing the Pain of Racial Division

Ruby Sales is a committed social activist administrator, public theologian and is a renowned educator in the field of civil, gender and human right. Ruby has made it her role in laying down the law and travel around the country preaching about class, race, gender and most importantly reconciliation. She is the initiator of the Spirit House Project. At a young age, Ruby joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the early 1960s.   When in university, she opted to work as a student freedom fighter in the County of Lowndes, Alabama. The love for her community has driven her to carry out and initiate programs that have promoted peace and coexistence between whites and people of color. For instance, Sales championed young people and offered support and locations for an intergenerational society of evolving and accomplishing social justice performing and creative artists. Sales is among 50 African Americans who have drawn attention in the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.

In the film, Ruby Sales tells how she witnessed her best white friend, Jonathan Myrick Daniels die after being shot by a white man who was standing at the door (Sales 5:54). The white man had intended to kill her, but Jonathan decided to take the bullet by pulling her away from the direction where the white man had directed the bullet. Ruby narrates how that event traumatized her. However, she also says on that day she witnessed two types of white men; antiracist and racist. According to her, that was an important day to her as she saw both love and hate from different white men (Sales 6:51). Jonathan represented a white man who was against racism while the man who shot him represented a man who was totally buried in the social construct of white superiority and hate for non-whites. As such, Ruby Sales concluded that the idea of racism is not embedded in the blood of whites, but in thos

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