SUMMARY: Skip to 4:20 to get to his speech. A sobering, challenging speech where Mark Charles argues that America does not know about race, gender and America’s history.
Charles lays out the case that America was setup with racist systems from the beginning to benefit white, land owning men. He traces America’s attitude towards race back to Constantine and his establishment of a Christian empire which resulted in just war theory that lead to a theological excuse to wage war on indigenous people and people of color.
KEY QUOTE: “Jesus never came to establish a Christian empire. He came to plant a church. He came to bring a community. He came to reveal God and Himself to the world through a church not a political entity.”
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