Hope. And standing on the right side of history
“They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.” ~ Jeremiah 6:14
It’s been a tumultuous couple of weeks. A candidate who spent the entire election cycle stoking racial animus and hate was elected President of the United States. Since his election, reports of hate crimes have ricocheted across the country. People of color, religious minorities, immigrants, persons living in poverty and those who believe America should be inclusive and welcoming for all are terrified.
To make matters worse, yet another white police officer, Ray Tensing, who fatally shot an unarmed African-American father, Sam DuBose, walks free. Tensing killed DuBose on July 19, 2015, after pulling him over for not having a front license plate. A jury of his peers failed to find him guilty of murder or involuntary manslaughter. We can never bring DuBose back, but there must be righteous resistance for the loss of life.Faith leaders with the AMOS Project, a PICO National Network federation, are first calling for justice in DuBose’s killing, and then peace. They urged Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters to retry the case.
“For 400 years, we’ve urged African Americans to be calm, promising justice in the hereafter,” said Elizabeth Hopkins, a faith leader with the AMOS Project. “However, we need to stand with the oppressed, and in America, oppressed people include African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Muslims, undocumented men and women, persons living in poverty and persons identifying as LGBTQ. God has great sympathy for the oppressed and the fatherless. Why don’t we?”
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