There is deep wisdom in this thought by Stanley Haurwas. With the history of Canada steeped in similar un-repented sins, such as the cultural destruction of many Native communities and the Japanese internment camps, we must endeavor to read this meditation by replacing ‘American’ with ‘Canadian.’ Canada’s political history is not the same as the Unites State’s, but we have done enough wrong to find ourselves penitent beneath these words. It is also a reminder that sin is never private, it is always (and especially in this case) a public and communal act, even if it’s done in the darkness of the night.
“The deep difficulty with America and politics is not necessarily that our politicians are corrupt but of course that the American people are corrupt; and that is the reason why you cannot have any decent or good politics. For example, how do we deal with the race problem in America? What no politician can say to the American people is that the reason we have a race problem in America is of course because we are a racist society, that’s a truthful claim. But you cannot say that up front as if you mean it because we want to think of ourselves as basically good folk.”