June 2, 2020
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Statement Against Police Brutality Against People of Color
The Faith Action Network of Washington State joins with many across this nation in deploring the latest murders of Black Americans by police and in calling out for justice. We speak the names the victims of this recent racist violence and we grieve for their families, their communities, and our nation.
These names are added to a very long list of African-Americans and other people of color murdered by police or self-declared vigilantes in our nation over many decades. In Washington State, according to a database maintained by the Washington Post, 59 persons of color have been killed by police since January 1, 2015, including Che Taylor, Charleena Lyles, John T. Williams, and Antonio Zambrano-Montes.
These killings are the product of a criminal justice system deeply infected by systemic racism and supported by the assumption of white supremacy. Indeed, racism and white supremacy are part of the very fabric of American life, with impacts on virtually every institution and sphere of activity.
Our various faith traditions – Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, and others - teach us about the dignity and worth of each individual in the eyes of our Creator and the imperative that we treat one another in the light of that truth. Furthermore, our traditions teach us that we must all be accountable to God and to one another for the well-being of our neighbor. We must speak out when the essential human dignity of anyone is denied.
As people of faith in the State of Washington, we unequivocally condemn the sin of white supremacy that in many different ways robs or kills people of color every single day.
We call on the faith communities of this state and our political leaders to commit or recommit themselves to changing this system and the attitudes and practices that perpetuate it.
More specifically we call for:
As people of faith in the State of Washington we acknowledge and lament when we have been complicit in these structures of oppression. We say today, Black Lives Matter, all persons have dignity, and the violence must stop.
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We look to God for the breaking of oppression and healing in the land. Let us stand together with one voice as we watch, fight, and pray with life prioritized.
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