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Many Americans seem to be splintering into opposing factions when it comes to race: Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter. In response, Christian rapper Lecrae, Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) and Jeff Shinabarger, founder of Atlanta-based non-profit Plywood, recently engaged in a candid conversation that focused on race, non-violence, and love over hate.

Racial tension has been at an all-time high with the recent police shooting deaths of African Americans by white officers and the subsequent killings of white police officers by African Americans. Lecrae pointed out today’s perceived civil rights injustices and the desire for immediate retribution, which often leads to more violence.

The rapper sought the insight of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis on how he and fellow activists of his time handled such issues through non-violence.

“We’ve seen a lot of people wanting to respond to brutality with immediate action,” Lecrae said. “When you all (Lewis and other civil rights activists) were walking in the way of non-violence and peace, how did you respond to a lot of the opposition that said this was too slow of a process, or not immediate enough, or [that] it wasn’t bringing the results that you wanted to see?”

Lewis explained that achieving peace in America is a measured, ongoing effort.

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