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Aug 27, 2018

In 1846, James McCune Smith, an African-American physician, abolitionist and author, told a white friend what had to be done to convince Americans of, as he put it, “the eternal equality of the Human race.” He said, “the hearts of the whites must be changed…thoroughly, entirely, permanently…changed!” In other words, whites had to understand what it was like to be Black…they had to attain a Black heart! However, an assistant professor of history says that simply hasn’t happened. On today’s Perspective, a look at how religion created race, and how that legacy still affects society today.

Guest: Katharine Gerbner, an assistant professor of History at the University of Minnesota.

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