Shitty things done on our behalf

Powerful reminder of our shared culpability and need for confession

The Reverend Marcus G. Halley

Sunday, when you kneel (or stand) for the Confession of Sin, remember these words:

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”
– Donald Trump.

I could explore ad nauseum all the ways in which Donald Trump is categorically wrong in his assertion that Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries (all conveniently countries dominated by people of color… but this comment is totally not racist) are “shitholes.” I could write about how American and European colonialism stripped these countries of natural and human resources over hundreds of years. I could enumerate how there are many places in the United States that, due to a capitalist system that prizes profits over actual people or care the environment, could resemble what some would refer to as a shithole. I could write about all the exceptions to this false narrative of American exceptionalism that suggests that countries populated…

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