Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger has written a column addressing the killing of George Floyd, the subsequent violence in our country, and America’s “original sin” of racism. The column is posted in its entirety on the website of The Evangelist and will be in print on Thursday as well.
Here are excerpts from the Bishop’s column:
“Scratch the surface and we see that racism and its vestiges persist. America’s “original sin,” as it has been called, must be not only acknowledged but vigorously resisted and corrected. Yes, the use of excessive force by some police is intolerable and must be addressed, especially as, racially and ethnically, it is systemically applied differently….
“…In the current crisis, however, the manner of response of public officials cannot be dismissed as an insignificant factor. Was there ever any doubt about what we all saw in that viral video? Then why did it take so long to remove the offending officers and finally place one under arrest? Recall that, before the violence escalated, protestors were simply demanding justice, for the most part, peacefully. Why did it take five days to respond? Why this and similar delays in other cases with apprehension of law officials acting violently against someone offering no resistance?
“…Justice delayed is justice denied. In this, everyone must play a part. If history teaches us anything, it is that the man with his head held to the ground could have been you or your brother. Where the police power of the State is not subject to restraint and the rule of equal treatment under the law, that man, black or white, could be you or me, Christian, Muslim or Jew. In pursuit of justice, all must ante up.”