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Pagan News Beagle: Fiery Tuesday, June 23

This week for Fiery Tuesday we reflect on the shooting at Charleston, South Carolina and its wider significance as a symptom of ongoing racial hatred within the United States. In memorial for those lost and in the interest of furthering a conversation about race, we've gathered several stories related to the issue of racism, with input from religious leaders around the web. Read about how black churches have responded to racism in the past and present, the struggles of black farmers throughout the U.S., and the "whitewashing" of Paganism.

First up, how far does forgiveness extend and when does it become complacency? Kiese Laymon writes for The Guardian about the uneasy relationship between black Christianity and white supremacy throughout the years.

What happened to America's black farmers? That's the question grist asks in this article by Madeleine Thomas, which takes a look at the historical struggles African-Americans in the agricultural sector have faced in the past and present and what the future might hold for them.

What role does race play in the Pagan community? Many of us would prefer to think we're "colorblind," but that's a trap says Crystal Blanton of Patheos. Read more from this piece by her, originally posted in March, about why confronting racism is not as simple as pretending race doesn't exist.

Who will lead the fight for tomorrow in the world's religious communities? This article from The Huffington Post talks with several young religious leaders from the next generation who are looking to change the world... for the better.

Racial hatred and animosity remain a tragic part of American society; there's no point in denying that. But it would be a shame to deny that things are not, in some small way, slowly improving. This piece from FiveThirtyEight shows how attitudes towards race and inequality in the U.S. are slowly shifting and (perhaps) improving.

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