Meet Me At The River

A Call for Peace in a Nation Rife with Hatred

Valerie J. Alexander, Ph.D.
7 min readMar 20, 2021
Photo by Gláuber Sampaio on Unsplash

Race Around the Globe

You’ve witnessed it. You’ve heard it. You’ve lived it. You’ve experienced it.

Racism. It has become increasingly mordant and vitriolic. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives do not appear to be working. The prayers of religious people have not united us. And the evil-doers appear to be gaining a stronghold.

I am disheartened by the many instances of racial discord and violence among God’s people. Some recent events in the news include The Bachelor’s “after the final rose” racial incident; the British Royal Family rift around race and colorism; and most recently and most egregious, the Atlanta spa shootings of Asian American workers.

You are invited to read and to ponder what I have written hitherto. I may not have all of life’s answers around racial conflict, but I offer here some thoughts on what we must do. It is my hope that something written here will spark a much-needed conversation around race and the sanctity of human life. This is a call for peace in a hate-filled world.

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Valerie J. Alexander, Ph.D.

Political scientist, sociologist, and theologian by training. I write about politics, racism, faith, and whatever hits me. Twitter: @Alexander247_9