I have struggled to make sense of the tragic events at Ferguson, Missouri. I am progressive in my politics and have sought to be part of efforts at bridging the gaps between ethnic communities.
I live in Metro-Detroit, a region that has significant racial overtones. A strong majority of the population in the suburbs, including the one I live in, is White.
“I’m only a couple miles from where I was born, just across the river in Tuscumbia at Helen Keller hospital. You can still go and see the well and the Ivy Green.” White speaks in a honeyed drawl, with an appealing blend of humility and confidence. When we won, a guy I went to school with texted, ‘Congratulations, now you’ve done something that Led Zeppelin and Queen never did.’ That put it in perspective.
tour, John Paul White is enjoying a family Christmas in Florence, Ala.
It’s definitely an honor but I don’t carry that card around and show it to people.” There’s that Southern charm again.
White received those awards as half of the Civil Wars, alongside vocalist Joy Williams.
Sins can mount and mount and mount, across generations, with no reckoning. And maybe here is where, perhaps, the notion of vicarious suffering does play a part.