“Please read this statement from the Anti-Racism Committee of the presbytery in response to the murder of George Floyd.”

A Proclamation Renouncing the Murder of George Floyd

Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley

Presbyterian Church USA

 

The Anti-Racism Committee of the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley, Presbyterian Church USA, stands in the truth of society’s ills and the disease of racism that has left a stain on the legacy of God’s creation.  The hard-heartedness of humankind, the blind eye of injustice, the disregard for human kindness have no place in a civilized world.

The senseless, heartless, deliberate killing of yet another innocent black man in America has incensed the nation.  A knee on the neck of a human being to cut off what is essential for life is symbolic for black, brown, and indigenous Americans who feel a knee on their necks every day of their lives.  The knee is effigy not just for what it cuts off in their lives physically but for what it cuts off socially, economically, psychologically, and emotionally.

While many are desensitized to the inhumane treatment of a fellow human being or feel such actions are justified, the atrocities we have witnesses over the last week have once again heightened the resolve of a hurt, helpless, inauspicious people and the ire of sympathetic, feeling, unaffected persons.

As a community of faith that professes to abhor hatred and seek love we, the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley of the Presbyterian Church USA, stand today to renounce this cancerous form of hatred we call racism and any -ism that continues to plague humanity.

Today, we proclaim that . . .

We renounce overt and covert actions that impede growth and development of every human being.

We renounce the implicit and complicit actions of those who harbor hatred and resentment.

We renounce language, symbols, and artifacts that represent racism in its former glory and in its present intent.

We renounce the actions of elected and public officials that seek to harm, marginalize, or leave peoples of color, alternative genders, and disabilities defenseless.

We renounce silence and inaction in the face of racism, racist speech, racist actions, and racist intimations.

We stand and lift up the names of just a few of the men, women, boys and girls killed by racists in this country:

 

 

Ahmaud Arbery, 25

Akai Gurley, 28

Akiel Denkins, 24

Alfred Olango, 38

Alton Sterling, 37

Anthony Hill, 26

Anthony Lamar Smith, 24

Antwon Rose, 17

Ariane McCree , 28

Atatiana Jefferson, 28

Botham Shem Jean, 26

Brandon Webber, 20

Brendon Glenn, 29

Breonna Taylor, 26

Charles Roundtree,18

Charly Keunang, 43

Christian Taylor, 19

Christopher Whitfield, 31

D’ettrick Griffin, 18

Danny Ray Thomas, 34

Dante Parker, 36

Darius Tarver, 23

De’von Bailey, 19

DeAndre Ballard, 23

Dontre Hamilton, 31

Emantic “EJ” Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., 21

Eric Garner, 43

Eric Harris, 44

Eric Logan, 54

Ezell Ford, 25

Finan H. Berhe, 30

Freddie Gray, 25

George Floyd, 46

Gregory Gunn, 56

Gregory Hill Jr., 30

Jamar Clark, 24

Jamarion Robinson, 26

Jamee Johnson, 22

JaQuavion Slaton, 20

Jemel Roberson, 26

Jerame Reid, 36

Jimmy Atchison, 21

John Crawford lll, 22

Jonathan Ferrell, 24

Jonathan Hart, 21

Jordan Baker, 26

Jordan Edwards, 15

Julius Johnson, 23

Kajieme Powell, 25

Keith Lamont Scott, 43

Kendrec McDade, 19

Kwame “KK” Jones, 17

LaQuan McDonald, 17

Larry Jackson Jr., 32

Malice Green, 34

Manuel Loggins Jr., 31

Mario Woods, 26

Maurice Granton, 24

Michael Brown Jr.

Michael Brown, 18

Michael Dean, 28

Miles Hall, 23

Natosha “Tony” McDade, 38

Osaze Osagie, 29

Patrick Harmon, 50

Philando Castile, 32

Phillip White, 32

Quintonio LeGrier, 19

Ramarley Graham, 18

Robert Lawrence White, 41

Rumain Brisbon, 34

Ryan Twyman, 24

Samuel David Mallard, 19

Samuel DuBose, 43

Sandra Bland, 28

Sean Reed, 21

Stephon Clark, 22

Steven Demarco Taylor, 33

Tamir Rice, 12

Tanisha Anderson, 37

Terence Crutcher, 40

Terrance Franklin, 22

Terrence Sterling, 31

Tony Robinson, 19

Trayvon Martin, 17

Victor White lll, 22

Walter Scott, 50

Wendell Allen, 20

William Green, 43

 

 

Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley Anti-racism Committee:

Judith Baldwin, Westminster Tuskegee

Jeff Bonner, Gardendale

Adrienne Royster, First United Forestdale

Ben Winston, Brown Memorial

Terri Jones, First United Forestdale

Joe Scrivner, Brown Memorial

Lou Ann Sellers, First Tuscaloosa

Jamie McLeod, Cahaba Springs

Cecilia Change, Shades Valley

Debra Love, Westminster Birmingham

Leanne Pearce Reed, Shades Valley

Tom Bryson, Southminster

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