Racism in America is still alive and wreaking havoc in the lives of Black people, who have suffered oppression at the hands of white people for centuries. Today, in 2019, Black people are still not given the full respect and recognition that they deserve as first, human beings, and second, citizens of this great nation.
As a leader and Bishop in the Lord’s Church and a prophetic voice to the nations, I cannot sit idly by and watch our people continue to suffer in the background of life, while white people in this nation continue to perpetuate the negative stereotypes and misconceptions regarding our Black men, women and children, refuse to offer opportunities for financial prosperity and upward mobility in the workplace, and are slack in rendering to our people, especially our Black men, the respect and dignity that they deserve.
The Church at large, one of the most influential and strongest voices in our communities, must stand for justice and domestic tranquility in our world. The Constitution of the United States of America says, “We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” Yet still to this day, in 2019, as we quickly approach 2020, Black people are suffering injustice in our educational systems, our workplaces, our homes, and in our communities. The general welfare of Black people does not appear to be a main focal point in our government, in corporate America, in the courtroom, in the boardroom, and in the classroom.
Black people are still suffering disenfranchisement at the hands of white people. Black people are still suffering lower pay at the hands of leaders of corporations. Black people are still being disrespected in our communities at the hands of white police officers and city and government officials. Black people are still suffering disrespect, fewer rights and lopsided verdicts at the hands of our legal system. Our Black youth are still not given equal opportunity to educational resources as their white counterparts.
When is this going to stop? But how can this stop if the leaders of one of the largest and most influential institutions in the world, the Church, do not take a stand for justice, equality, fair and humane treatment and basic respect for Black men, women and children of this nation.
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