Soweto and Detroit: Suppose apartheid isn’t past, but future?

Mother and two sons walking past boarded up house in Detroit

I was reading some touching emails from Detroit folks re my recent Huffington Post column, “How Detroit got Scrooged” as media commentators were reporting on the massive memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Soweto.

Suddenly it struck me that Americans in media talk about apartheid in the past tense, but perhaps that isn’t so. From what we can see is happening in Detroit, it may very well be that apartheid is more and more the future in the US.

Who will call out those who are re-creating apartheid in American cities?

Tributes to Nelson Mandela

Oh, Madiba.

About Susan Thistlethwaite

I am a Professor of Theology and former President of Chicago Theological Seminary; I blog here, at the Huffington Post, and at other venues. I am a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. I am interested in what I call "public theology," or how deeper meaning is made and contested in the public square.
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