THE REPENTANCE PROJECT / AN AMERICAN LENT
Statement of Repentance
WEEK VII / DAY VI
Saturday, March 31, 2018
I A M S O R R Y that our nation has prospered at the expense of African-Americans for 375 years through slavery, slave codes, Jim Crow, segregation, and lingering inequality in many systems in America.
I R E C O G N I Z E that many of the most devastating social problems in our country and local communities are direct results of these deeply-rooted injustices.
I K N O W that there is nothing I can do to change what has happened or to fix everything, but I can say that I am truly sorry. I acknowledge this legacy and its effects, and I grieve.
B E C A U S E O F W H A T I R E C O G N I Z E , I repent and I will respond by seeking to build genuine relationships with those who bear the brunt of this legacy.
I W A N T T O listen, learn, and better understand how the perpetuation of systems that leverage benefit for some, and pain and disadvantage on others, continues today. I will also do what I can to promote communities of equality, justice, reconciliation, and love for one another.