Letter from the Executive Director: How long, O Lord, how long?

Rev. Curtiss Paul DeYoung

My soul is in anguish.
     How long, O Lord, how long? (Psalm 6:3)

 

How long will the killing of African Americans by police officers continue? The killings of Alton Sterling from Louisiana and Philando Castile from Minnesota cause us once again to pause, grieve, swear, and scream. The seemingly endless, brutal attacks on black bodies is not acceptable.

How long will people of faith choose to remain silent? As people who follow a Jesus who was a person of color brutalized by law enforcement, our very Scriptures should cause us to speak out.

How long will we deny racism in the United States? The people being killed by police are black and brown. Whites are rarely killed by police. When whites are killed by police it is a last resort, not a first response. Whites must recognize how deeply intertwined anti-black racism is in our perceptions and actions … especially in our policing. Denial of this is an act of racism.

How long will we refuse to hold law enforcement accountable? The systems of policing in the United States are clearly broken or not functioning. In all of our communities we must take action to enact legislation that changes these systems. 

How long, O Lord, how long? This recurring nightmare of police killing black people must end. As people of faith, we must cry out that now is the time. We must enter our places of worship and be vocal for justice. We must enter our communities and be visible in our solidarity. We must enter our government establishments and be vigilant in demanding change. Stay Informed.

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