FORGIVE US OUR SINS

AND LO, IT CAME TO PASS LAST WEEK THAT 219 YEARS after the Declaration of Independence proclaimed that all men are created equal, 132 years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, 41 years after the Supreme Court struck down segregation and three months after Mississippi ratified the 13th Amendment, the Southern Baptist Convention finally got around to admitting that slavery is sinful and asked forgiveness from blacks for its historic role in defending segregation.

That's mighty white of them.

Forgive me for being underwhelmed by this astonishingly belated act of contrition from the nation's largest Protestant denomination. Like most African...

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