Fr. Bryan N. Massingale, a theology professor at Fordham University, describes racism as a "soul sickness" that goes beyond political and social issues. He encourages us to confront our own assumptions, even when it feels uncomfortable. He writes, "This soul sickness can only be healed by deep prayer. Yes, we need social reforms. We need equal educational opportunities, changed police practices, equitable access to health care, an end to employment and housing discrimination. But only an invasion of divine love will shatter the small images of God that enable us to live undisturbed by the racism that benefits some and terrorizes so many."