We often hear people talk about the “sin of racism.” Books and articles describe racism as America’s original sin. We identify racism with events and actions like slavery or Jim Crow laws. But it's still corroding our nation.
The main center for Covenant House, the largest youth shelter in the world, is housed in a timeworn building in Midtown Manhattan. It’s hardly noticeable near the hubbub of the Port Authority, New York City’s bus station.
This year has been all about courage and change. Facing a new coronavirus with no vaccine or cure, we now see its ripples spreading unemployment and economic insecurity for millions and upending the education of a whole generation.