Pastor Dixon on Race: 'Clean Out the Wound'

Pastor Thomas A. Dixon believes that Charleston may be at a tipping point that could take it much closer to racial equality. But first, he says, the community must do something that’s necessary but not pleasant.

Pastor Thomas A. Dixon.

Pastor Thomas A. Dixon.

“For years, centuries, there’s been this infected racial wound,” Dixon says. “It’s better not to talk – that was the unspoken thought. Cover it up. The infection got worse and worse. It stank. We have to open the wound and dig the infection out so the wound can heal.”

Dixon’s The Coalition (People United to Take Back Our Community) has lead social protests against the Medical University of South Carolina over its treatment of low-income workers. The MUSC trustees ordered protesters out of university’s board room. The Coalition’s most recent activism has been against gun violence.

TOM GRUBISICH