“The sale of slaves and the use of slave labor built our town and built our University,” said Wanda Hunter, a member of the church’s Sacred Conversation on Race group. “This is the history of our town that we have never really grappled with.”
The United Church of Chapel Hill will be hosting a weekly series called “White Race and its Meaning for Americans.” The series is open to the public and will begin Sunday at 10 a.m.
This Sunday’s topic is “How and Why White Race Came To Be,” presented by Suzanne Plihcik of the Racial Equity Institute, a group devoted to transforming racist sentiment.
Deena Hayes-Greene, managing director for the Racial Equity Institute, said the church can play an incredibly emphatic role in solving the race issue.
“People come to church for spiritual guidance, for faith, and for support. I think that white privilege is a component of racism that is not necessarily intentional or malicious, but it is unjust, and injustice affects who we are as spiritual beings,” Hayes-Greene said.
Hunter said the Sacred Conversations on Race group focuses on how the issues of race relate to faith and religion.