Truth and Reconciliation

Human beings are what’s made in the image of God

The only way to end the violence – and that is the violence perpetrated against Black bodies, not the mere looting of stuff – is a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the actions that we have committed as a country. A full accounting of what we have done. The complete truth of what we have done, no lies, no “Law Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights,” no more “law and order” as a justification for evil.

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Presiding Bishop Curry’s Word to the Church: When the Cameras are Gone, We Will Still Be Here

Perhaps the deeper pain is the fact that this was not an isolated incident. It happened to Breonna Taylor on March 13 in Kentucky. It happened to Ahmaud Arbery on February 23 in Georgia. Racial terror in this form occurred when I was a teenager growing up black in Buffalo, New York. It extends back to the lynching of Emmett Till in 1955 and well before that. It’s not just our present or our history. It is part of the fabric of American life.

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