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(Christian Post) – Despite ongoing racial reconciliation efforts in some churches and society in general, a yawning divide still endures between black and white Americans over how Confederate memorials should be treated, a new study from the Public Religion Research Institute finds.
The study report released last month jointly with the organization E Pluribus Unum included 26 focus groups of black and white participants in 13 southern states examining their personal opinions on Confederate memorials and the role of religion in framing conversations about race and public spaces.
A national survey was also conducted to see how the focus groups resonated with the general population.
“The white and black focus groups sharply diverged when assessing the meaning of Confederate monuments and memorials and of public spaces named for Confederate leaders or…