On a re-read this morning, I would add that two things you said in your article are especially fine: “ The silence of the majority enables the functioning of scapegoating mobs;” “ Scapegoating within a group is unifying; resisting the temptation to scapegoat creates disunity.” We see both aspects functioning at the most basic group that humans experience — the family. My feeling is that how we behave on the larger field of life is a direct outgrowth of how we experienced the family.

I highlighted another section on first read back in October and quote it here: “ Americans haven’t done the hard work of naming our collective sins (slavery, racism, lynching, Jim Crow, misogyny, homophobia, and so on), apologizing for the harm these caused and continue to cause, seeking to make restitution where restitution is appropriate, and allowing healing to take place.” Thomas Cahill in a remarkable conversation with Bill Moyers some years ago said until America can resolve its guilt and state openly the reason for the presence of that guilt, and seek to bring about healing, it will remain a divided country in the sense that it will not be able to allow its inherent idealism to be uppermost. It will continue to erupt in repressed — or suppressed — conflict.

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