“Indignation” for the murder of George Floyd was also expressed by the National Council of Churches of the United States in a press release re-launched in Europe by the World Council of Churches (WCC). Floyd – reads the note – was “mercilessly stuck with the knee” by a Minneapolis police officer until his death while repeatedly saying: “I can’t breathe”. “This incident – the Christian leaders of the United States write – adds to a series of events that have happened in recent weeks, not to mention the too many incidents that have been in the United States for hundreds of years, in which racism and prejudice associated with the police are a lethal combination for blacks. Just as Coronavirus has infected the United States causing the death of over 101,000 people in less than three months, racism has infected this country since its origins and this virus has crept into every aspect of American life. There is still no vaccine for racism and against white supremacy. There is no cure yet. As people of faith, our battle against this evil continues. ”
The National Council of Churches also calls for “swift and decisive action to do justice to George Floyd and his family” and recalls the words of Martin Luther King: “Riots are the language of those who are not listened to” (“Riots are the language of the unheard “). “Our country needs healing but there can be no healing without justice,” write Christian leaders. To the justice of the courts, however, it is necessary to add a pervasive action among the people “to end racism and white supremacy once and for all”. “At a time like this, as Martin Luther King once said, silence is treason,” says rev. John Dorhauer, president of the National Council of Churches and general minister of the United Church of Christ: “We must do everything in our power to end this evil that infiltrates our nation.”
The National Council of the US Christian Churches launched the “A.C.T. Now to End Racism “, to combat the numerous manifestations of racial discrimination, also present in the church, to work for a change of mentality and to promote” an inclusive Gospel of justice, peace and resistance to all forms of racism and white supremacy “. Practically all the US churches have spoken out on the George Floyd affair. In a statement the Lutheran Evangelical Church in America listed the names of recently murdered black Americans. “Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Dreasjon (Sean) Reed and George Floyd were our brothers.” “We feel sad, pray and express our solidarity with the families and friends whose loved ones have been and continue to be victims of injustice, racist violence and insidious poison from white supremacy.” C. Jeff Woods, secretary general of the “American Baptist Churches USA” in a letter highlights how African Americans have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
Grief over George Floyd’s tragic death was also expressed by Metropolitan Zaccaria Mar Nicholovos of the North American diocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Malankara and by the Secretary General of the Lutheran World Federation Rev. Dr Martin Junge.