The North Carolina Conference chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action stands with those who seek a more just society in particular when it comes to law enforcement’s relationship with communities of color. From Michael Brown to George Floyd there has been a string of incidents of excessive force used on men of color, primarily African American men, and, in some cases, African American women, often resulting in death.
We call on the church to call on those in authority for police accountability and better training in deescalation. As the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr said, “A riot is the voice of the unheard. We need to listen.” And that does include having some uncomfortable conversations in our primarily white congregations about race.
As Micah 6:8 said …
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.”