Fordham professor explores King’s legacy, modern civil rights movements

first_imgIn the midst of increased race-related activism across the United States, Fr. Bryan Massingale, professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University, spoke at Saint Mary’s on Wednesday about the new civil rights movement in America and redeeming the American soul.Massingale said he tried to come up with a depiction of a racially just society, but was unable to do so.“I am not able to know what a racially just society would look like, or a just society at all, as it is something that I and none of us have ever experienced,” he said. “Trying to envision somewhere in advance of no where is an extremely difficult task.“What are we striving for, what do we stand for, what is the goal of the struggle for justice, for the struggle against social evils based on disparaging of differences based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity? What does justice look like, what does justice feel like? Such questions take us beyond abstract intellectualizing and move us into the realm of animating visions, guiding ideals and sustaining dreams, yet these questions are of great urgency.”Massingale said he would not attempt to answer these questions, but he turned to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to begin to address them, referencing King’s principle of the soul of a nation.“Dr. King viewed the mission of the Southern Leadership Conference as being the transformation of a society, not merely social change,” he said. “King knew that America’s problem was bigger than legal segregation of Jim or Jane Crow. Because the country’s long and dark history of genocide, slavery and segregation, he knew that without a moral transformation, racism would continue to mutate into different forms even after legal segregation was dismantled.”Segregation in America ended, Massingale said, but integration has failed. He said this could be seen in the way American cities were laid out — predominantly African-American communities tended to be separated from predominantly white communities.“To redeem the soul of America, what King meant was we have to go deeper beyond superficial surface changes, laws and customs,” he said. “Those are necessary, they’re important, but they’re only a first step. The true solution to the nation’s problems requires a transformation in moral values. It requires articulating what those values of the nation are.”Massingale said King’s principles could be seen even in modern movements, especially the Black Lives Matter movement.“Racism is a soul sickness,” Massingale said. “It’s a profound warping of the human spirit, one that enables human beings to create communities of cold, callous indifference towards their darker sisters and brothers. Stripped to its core, racism is that disturbing interior disease that enables people to not care for those that don’t look like them.”Massingale said the way to fully solve the issue of racism is more than just political policy, but more a matter of changing the country’s morals.“The problem we face in America is not that we have a President Trump,” he said. “President Trump is us. He’s the American psyche — our shadow side on steroids. He simply reflects our ambivalence toward the weak, our pursuit of national strength, our belief in American exceptionalism, the belief that we are special in a way that no one else in the world is. So removing Trump alone. … will not solve the problem. We have to interrogate the American soul.”People have the power to make the changes necessary to end racism, Massingale said.“Social life is made by human beings,” he said. “The society we live in is the result of human choices and decisions. That mean that human beings can change things.”Tags: Black lives matter, Jr., Martin Luther King, Racismlast_img read more

Wilfried Zaha tells Crystal Palace he wants to leave after Arsenal’s failed transfer bid

first_imgZaha scored ten league goals for Palace last season (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Ian Wright is confident Zaha would be a ‘magnificent’ signing for his former club.He told The South China Morning Post: ‘We’re trying to get Wilfried Zaha, which would be magnificent.‘You want competition for places. Defensively, I think everyone can agree, we need some strength in there.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘You can always strengthen in the midfield. Aaron Ramsey’s gone.‘We need that midfielder who is going to join the front guys and try to contribute with goals.‘Goals is a premium so you always want to be linked with a striker that might be able to come and help.’MORE: Unai Emery convinced Dani Ceballos to join Arsenal in personal phone call Comment Zaha wants to leave Palace when he returns from the Africa Cup of Nations (Picture: Getty)Palace boss Roy Hodgson insists that Arsenal are still some way from meeting their valuation of Zaha.‘I don’t think Arsenal have actually made a bid that has come anywhere near our valuation,’ he said earlier this week.‘I’m sure the player realises that if someone’s going to take him away from us, he’ll expect clubs to pay the market value.‘Until someone does that, there’s not much to discuss regarding Wilf.’ Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Jul 2019 4:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.6kShares Hodgson says Arsenal are yet to meet Palace’s asking price for Zaha (Picture: Getty)Speaking ahead of the Ivory Coast’s last-16 win over Mali, Zaha refused to rule out a move to Arsenal.Asked about Arsenal’s failed £40m offer, Zaha told On Sport: ‘I have no comment on it. The only thing that’s on my mind right now is trying to win this cup [AFCON].’Pushed on whether he would like to play for Arsenal, he replied: ‘I don’t know… we’ll see in the future.’ Wilfried Zaha tells Crystal Palace he wants to leave after Arsenal’s failed transfer bid Arsenal target Wilfried Zaha has told Crystal Palace he wants to leave (Picture: Getty)Wilfried Zaha has reportedly informed Crystal Palace that he wants to leave as he looks to force through his dream move to Arsenal this summer.The Gunners made a bid of around £40m for Zaha, 26, and included the option of three players to sweeten the deal, but Palace were quick to reject the offer.Though Palace were reportedly left ‘furious’ and ‘incensed’ by Arsenal’s opening proposal, Unai Emery remains hopeful of landing the Ivory Coast international.However, the Eagles are holding out for a fee of £70m for Zaha and have no interest in allowing the forward to leave for half that price.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAccording to Sky Sports, Zaha told Palace that he wishes to leave the club after returning from the 2019 Africa Cup Nations.Arsenal are expected to make another push for the former Manchester United man in the coming days.Zaha – Emery’s number one attacking target – is desperate to join Arsenal, the club he’s supported since he was a child. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more