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What was the underlying belief in America that led to the theft of land from its indigenous people, the enslavement of Africans, the Trail of Tears, Jim Crow, redlining, urban renewal, and gentrification? The foundational belief throughout much of our history is this misguided idea that some people are either superior or inferior because of their external physical characteristics. As our guest Dr. Gail Christopher calls it, the fallacy of a hierarchy of human value. Although there have been amazing strides towards equality in America such as the Civil War, the 13th and 19th Amendments, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Civil Rights Act, these actions were dealing with the symptoms and consequences of our underlying problem. Dr. Christopher challenges us to abandon the belief in this hierarchy and replace it with a felt sense of our sacred interconnectedness as a human family.

July 8, 2019

Hierarchy of Human Value

What was the underlying belief in America that led to the theft of land from its indigenous people, the enslavement of Africans, the Trail of Tears, Jim Crow, redlining, urban renewal, and gentrification? The foundational belief throughout much of our history is this misguided idea that some people are either superior or inferior because of their external physical characteristics. As our guest Dr. Gail Christopher calls it, the fallacy of a hierarchy of human value. Although there have been amazing strides towards equality in America such as the Civil War, the 13th and 19th Amendments, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Civil Rights Act, these actions were dealing with the symptoms and consequences of our underlying problem. Dr. Christopher challenges us to abandon the belief in this hierarchy and replace it with a felt sense of our sacred interconnectedness as a human family.

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