UUA President: Enough is enough. Police violence must stop.

Sunday AM Worship   Peter Morales

UUA President Peter Morales (Photo by Nancy Pierce)

Black Lives of UU calls for congregational action.

The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), issued this statement following the most recent racist violence against the Black community:

“This past Tuesday, July 6th, Alton Sterling was murdered by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The following day, Philando Castile was murdered by police near Minneapolis, Minnesota. My heart is broken. I am disgusted. These are only the most recent examples of the ongoing violence by police against people of color, especially African American men. Enough is enough. This police violence must stop. We must demand justice again and again, day after day.

“Why is it that police de-escalate situations and disarm white people every day, yet they use deadly force with African Americans? Why does our society implicitly condone the murder by police of people of color?

“Our Black Lives of UU Organizing Collective has issued a call to action that I echo. ‘As the BLUU Organizing Collective, we know that many Unitarian Universalist congregations may be wondering how they can support in times like this. Consider this statement a call to action for UU churches across the continent to open up your doors to Black community organizers free of charge to offer an explicitly Black space.” You can read BLUU’s full statement here.

“The racist violence against the Black community by police needs to end. It will not end unless people of all races, especially white people, demand it. Enough.”

3 thoughts on “UUA President: Enough is enough. Police violence must stop.

  1. Jeff – i read this article after reading of the fatality of 5 officers in Dallas and between the two i’m heartbroken. does your group ever meet to brainstorm ideas on how to address this situation? i’m feeling very helpless and wondering if that’s something we could do. it seems like a vicious cycle that needs something to break it.

    • Kim, get in touch with me. We are working on ways that white allies can serve the nonviolent movement for racial justice.

  2. Morales says, ” Enough.” But perhaps we should ask ourselves some questions. Are we sad enough, angry enough, frightened and appalled enough to take action beyond our words and emotions. Do we care enough to pick up the phone and call our legislators and demand justice. We say we fight injustice. Have we had enough injustice to mean what we say. Do we have enough courage and compassion to take the actions to stop what is now clearly slaughter in our streets? Are we faithful enough to our own first principles? Have we had enough to mean it when we say, Black Lives Matter? May it be so.

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