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Perspectives

Abstract

The 2016 presidential election exposed the presence of wide divisiveness in U.S. culture between political groups, racial groups, levels of education, rural and city areas, and religions. Expressions of polarization between groups occurred in episodes of violence, protests, marches, and disrespectful behavior among candidates. This article suggests that reconciliation between groups will not occur without a commitment to facing the truth about social problems in America, forgiveness for harms committed, demonstration of concern for the social welfare of the disadvantaged, and commitment to serving as agents of peace. Included is a case study that demonstrates how one community used many of these elements in their journey toward a more just community.

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