In many ways I feel like a hypocrite in regards to my actions at the Capitol. My race, gender, class, and religion are the chief beneficiaries of the current government's policies and direction. I and people like me are part of the problem. We are complicit in the injustice, immorality, and declared congressional war against the vulnerable in this country. I may complain and preach against what the government is doing, but I cling to my privileged position and refuse to act in costly ways to help change the direction.
Jim Dickerson is director of MANNA, an affordable-housing community development corporation, and pastor of New Community Church in Washington, D.C.