A Call for Justice, Non-Violence and Solidarity in Response to Murder of George Floyd by Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP
Today the brother of George Floyd and mother of Breonna Taylor called for protesters to abstain from violence in response to Floyd's death last week. News media report that curfews are in place tonight in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Amid the tension and confrontations were powerful scenes of police officers kneeling in solidarity with protesters.
Racism, like sexism, is a dominator system that separates us from one another, oppresses people of color, and breaks our spiritual connection. It is rooted in hatred and fear. We all have a responsibility to take a stand now as members of the human race. This is a clarion call for action to change structures of inequality in our society in response to the evil of racism. Let us come together and advocate for justice, non-violence and solidarity. Every person is an image of God and should be treated with respect. We are all equals, connected in the circle of life in God's family. Our unity and beautiful diversity is our strength. I believe Jesus was about a love that reconciles, heals and does justice.
Now is the time to come together to mourn the loss and heart break of violence against our sisters and brothers that has gone on for centuries, and to come together to work for justice for all who have suffered from racism in our country and in our world. The travesty, the heartbreak and the violence will end as we unite in loving solidarity. We shall overcome! Let us begin that journey now. If not us, who? If not now, when?