“Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self- respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Maybe this will help explain why I refer to white people as racists or recovering racists. Recovering racists have left the past to join with African Americans to become a part of the future. We no longer bear guilt nor expend energy denying we had it. We listen – in the ‘sublime seas” where we study the works of black scholars and preachers who give us hope for the future and respect for all of God’s children – and return to those who look like us (skin just as white) but aren’t. We let them know they can become recovering racists, too.

Sound like a Christian conversion? It is. As Emerson says, It is the experience that explains.