"We don't have a skin problem in America. We have a sin problem in America."
The Context: Roughly a month after the massacre in Charleston, ordained Southern Baptist minister Mike Huckabee visited a predominantly African-American church in South Carolina. Huckabee praised the people of Charleston for their response to the shooting, drawing on a theme of reconciliation. As has been echoed by others in the race, the pressure to progress as a unified nation is imperative. The question of race-based injustice and violence has become a pivotal issue for several candidates—each adopting a slightly different approach. Huckabee presents it as the result of failing to meet Christian imperatives and describes how racial tensions can be addressed through prayer. Toward this, he cites 2 Corinthians.
Without question, the United States is a diverse country. Beyond cultural, religious, or racial diversity, we are also regionally diverse. The priorities pressing upon some corners of the country are not the same as those facing others (and this distinction is certainly true amongst the early primary states). The richness and complexities—at times, both celebrated and tragic—stemming from our differences are not seen or felt with the same imperative urgency everywhere. And, so, we asked