The Real State of the Union

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the first African slaves sold into human bondage in Jamestown, Va., in August 1619. Although President Trump acknowledged other anniversaries during his State of the Union speech last week —the 75th Anniversary of of the Invasion of Normandy and the 50th Anniversary of the first moon landing — not one word was spoken about the pernicious practice of enslaving our brothers and sisters and its origin in the state of Virginia.

There is great irony, therefore, that the shameful charade of blackface has brought about calls from both Democratic and Republican leaders for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to resign after admitting he had once used blackface for the amusement of others. Resignation is not enough. Repentance is required. In this episode of The Soul of the Nation, Rev. Jim Wallis outlines the steps the governor needs to take in order for true healing to begin.