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“While the world looks at North Korea, Black Americans are looking at Virginia. War is being declared on the Black church and we refuse to be held hostage to fear and terrorized by the alt-right. God is on our side and we will rise.” - Rev. Jamal Bryant, Pastor of Empowerment Temple AME Church

“While the world looks at North Korea, Black Americans are looking at Virginia. War is being declared on the Black church and we refuse to be held hostage to fear and terrorized by the alt-right. God is on our side and we will rise.” - Rev. Jamal Bryant, Pastor of Empowerment Temple AME Church

“The legacy of racial terror in the south is well documented,” said Dr. Iva Carruthers, general secretary of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference. “Our conference, The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference is named after one of the black church champions for justice. In this spirit and legacy, we condemn the public terror being unleashed on our loved ones in the South and across the country. This wickedness must be met with a united and faithful response. We are here to stand together and help lead this response.”

“The legacy of racial terror in the south is well documented,” said Dr. Iva Carruthers, general secretary of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference. “Our conference, The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference is named after one of the black church champions for justice. In this spirit and legacy, we condemn the public terror being unleashed on our loved ones in the South and across the country. This wickedness must be met with a united and faithful response. We are here to stand together and help lead this response.”

“Does it bother you that unmasked members of the Ku Klux Klan will likely be in someone's church singing worship songs, praying, attending a church plant conference, or worse, policing our neighborhoods, teaching our children?” said the Rev. Michael McBride, director of Urban Strategies for PICO National Network’s LIVE FREE program. “Is there not an outrage from white-led churches and organizations to identify these people and warn people of color? Does not the Holy Spirit compel you to preach a message this weekend to convict their hearts and transform their minds? Or are you still silent and complicit as the white nationalist power publicly terrorizes the rest of us?”

“Does it bother you that unmasked members of the Ku Klux Klan will likely be in someone's church singing worship songs, praying, attending a church plant conference, or worse, policing our neighborhoods, teaching our children?” said the Rev. Michael McBride, director of Urban Strategies for PICO National Network’s LIVE FREE program.

“Is there not an outrage from white-led churches and organizations to identify these people and warn people of color? Does not the Holy Spirit compel you to preach a message this weekend to convict their hearts and transform their minds? Or are you still silent and complicit as the white nationalist power publicly terrorizes the rest of us?”

“The racial hatred and intimidation displayed on the campus of UVA is a direct indictment on White Christianity in the United States. White Christianity, especially White Evangelicalism, has provided bone marrow, authority, entitlement…to fear based, selfish, greedy, and hateful displays of power and religiosity. This is tragic, not only for people of color and others in marginalized communities, but also for White Christianity.   Where is the liberation and freedom of our resurrected Christ? Where is the peace that passes all understanding that should allow White brothers and sisters to see the USA change demographically and not retaliate in fear and hatred? Where is the humbling of self for the good of all? The rising up of the KKK is evidence of a great discipleship and theological tragedy.” -Zakiya Jackson

“The racial hatred and intimidation displayed on the campus of UVA is a direct indictment on White Christianity in the United States. White Christianity, especially White Evangelicalism, has provided bone marrow, authority, entitlement…to fear based, selfish, greedy, and hateful displays of power and religiosity. This is tragic, not only for people of color and others in marginalized communities, but also for White Christianity.

 

Where is the liberation and freedom of our resurrected Christ? Where is the peace that passes all understanding that should allow White brothers and sisters to see the USA change demographically and not retaliate in fear and hatred? Where is the humbling of self for the good of all? The rising up of the KKK is evidence of a great discipleship and theological tragedy.” -Zakiya Jackson

“The legacy of the AME church against white supremacy and the KKK is a hallmark of the black church. We condemn the evil in display in Virginia and we are hearing this is spreading across the country. We call on true followers of Jesus and all children of God to resist this evil now.” - Bishop Frank Reid, African Methodist Episcopal Church

“The legacy of the AME church against white supremacy and the KKK is a hallmark of the black church. We condemn the evil in display in Virginia and we are hearing this is spreading across the country. We call on true followers of Jesus and all children of God to resist this evil now.” - Bishop Frank Reid, African Methodist Episcopal Church

“Nothing about white nationalism flows from the heart of God. May white, and all, followers of Jesus say and live a resounding NO to any form of white nationalism.” - Mark Labberton, President of Fuller Theological Seminary.

“Nothing about white nationalism flows from the heart of God. May white, and all, followers of Jesus say and live a resounding NO to any form of white nationalism.” - Mark Labberton, President of Fuller Theological Seminary.

"I join African Americans clergy, and Americans of every background, in condemning domestic terrorists represented by KKK and Alt Right White Supremacists, a.k.a. #UniteTheRight, seeking to perpetuate hate and bigotry in Charlottesville and other American cities. I invite my White American brothers and sisters in Christ to join Black clergy in righteous resistance by speaking out clearly and boldly against white supremacy. To be clear, silence is viewed as consent. The time to speak out is now!" - Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, National African American Clergy

"I join African Americans clergy, and Americans of every background, in condemning domestic terrorists represented by KKK and Alt Right White Supremacists, a.k.a. #UniteTheRight, seeking to perpetuate hate and bigotry in Charlottesville and other American cities. I invite my White American brothers and sisters in Christ to join Black clergy in righteous resistance by speaking out clearly and boldly against white supremacy. To be clear, silence is viewed as consent. The time to speak out is now!" - Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, National African American Clergy

"Whiteness is their "god" Privilege is their icon, Rage is their prayer life, Supremacy is their heaven. Be not discouraged Love is the manifestation of God, Justice is love's spouse and liberation is their child." - Dr. Otis Moss III

"Whiteness is their "god"
Privilege is their icon,
Rage is their prayer life,
Supremacy is their heaven.

Be not discouraged Love is the manifestation of God,
Justice is love's spouse and liberation is their child." - Dr. Otis Moss III

"As evangelical leaders we must stand-up publicly and with moral clarity against racism and white supremacy." - Dr. Gabriel Salguero

"As evangelical leaders we must stand-up publicly and with moral clarity against racism and white supremacy." - Dr. Gabriel Salguero

"It's easy and even gratifying to point a self-righteous finger at the KKK/Alt Right marchers in #charlottesville. But their activities simply distract White America from doing the real work of excavating the white supremacy that is rooted deep down in every American institution, church, seminary and community. Everyone who participates in and benefits from whiteness is complicit in the hateful atrocities in Charlottesville. The same evil at work in Charlottesville is at work in American churches, seminaries, and communities." - Christena Cleveland

"It's easy and even gratifying to point a self-righteous finger at the KKK/Alt Right marchers in #charlottesville. But their activities simply distract White America from doing the real work of excavating the white supremacy that is rooted deep down in every American institution, church, seminary and community. Everyone who participates in and benefits from whiteness is complicit in the hateful atrocities in Charlottesville. The same evil at work in Charlottesville is at work in American churches, seminaries, and communities." - Christena Cleveland

“White supremacy and racism are the greatest threats to the Gospel of Jesus Christ who said we must love our neighbor as we love ourselves. White Christians must place dismantling racism at the center of our ministries or we fail Jesus, our communities and our nation.” - Rev. Jennifer Butler

“White supremacy and racism are the greatest threats to the Gospel of Jesus Christ who said we must love our neighbor as we love ourselves. White Christians must place dismantling racism at the center of our ministries or we fail Jesus, our communities and our nation.” - Rev. Jennifer Butler

“Worshipping in song without calling out the idolatry and evil of racism and lamenting white supremacy will disgust the one you call "Lord". God doesn't have the stomach for your stench.” - Sandra Maria Van Opstal

“Worshipping in song without calling out the idolatry and evil of racism and lamenting white supremacy will disgust the one you call "Lord". God doesn't have the stomach for your stench.” - Sandra Maria Van Opstal

"Free speech and the ability to protest, while the right of every American, should not be used to terrorize, intimidate, or incite violence." - Kelvin Sauls

"Free speech and the ability to protest, while the right of every American, should not be used to terrorize, intimidate, or incite violence." - Kelvin Sauls

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