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Conversation #1: History of Post-Civil War Racism

Phil Vischer (Veggie Tales) and his law professor brother Rob taught a class that touched on the Black Lives Matter movement, asking and attempting to answer the question, “Why so angry? Isn’t racism over?”

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We are asking every MainStreeter to watch/listen and participate in these 4 important conversations. There are two main ways you can “show up.”
  1. WATCH / LISTEN to the Sunday and midweek messages on your own.
  2. GATHER & DISCUSS these messages together at our two upcoming “Campfire Talks” on Wednesday, June 17 at 6PM and Sunday, June 28 at 5PM at the Berg’s.

Conversation #1: The History of Post-Civil War Racism in America | Phil Vischer

This episode was eye-opening for me, Jeremy, when I first heard it. I am embarrassed to admit I wasn’t familiar with “redlining” laws. I was not aware of the racial dynamics behind the War on Drugs. I was ignorant of the sobering statistics around incarceration in America. My eyes were opened to things I have never needed to consider. I hope it does the same for you as well. 

Slavery ended in America with the stroke of a pen in 1865, but the 13th Amendment didn’t end institutional racism. Not even close. Phil Vischer (Veggie Tales) and his law professor brother Rob taught a class that touched on the Black Lives Matter movement, asking and attempting to answer the question, “Why so angry? Isn’t racism over?” From Reconstruction to Black Lives Matter, we take a look at the last 125 years of race relations in America! Conversation begins at about 18:00.

Jeremy Berg is the founding pastor of MainStreet Covenant Church in Mound, Minnesota, and Professor of Theology at Solid Rock Discipleship School. Jeremy is completing his doctorate in New Testament Context under Dr. Scot McKnight at Northern Seminary in Chicago. He holds a M.A. in Theological Studies from Bethel Seminary (2005) and B.A. from Bethel University (2002). He and his wife, Kjerstin, keep busy chasing around three kids, Peter, Isaak and Abigail.

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