Racism

Let us breathe new life into our world by standing in solidarity against racial injustice.

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The  Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio stand in solidarity with our local women religious and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), and all who strongly condemn the police-killing of another black man on the streets of our nation. We pray for and mourn with the family and friends of George Floyd and all who have lost loved ones to racial violence.

Racism is America’s original sin. Complacency has created today’s American culture of injustice. As American citizens, we have stood by and watched the evils of racism pervade our society without speaking out and demanding substantive action for change. We have failed to acknowledge the destructive role of white privilege.

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Killings of Innocent Black Americans by Police
For these deaths and all killings of innocent Americans by police due to skin color, we mourn.

Juneteenth is now a federal holiday

Resources/Links

Resources

Novel: The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper, Heather C. McGhee, 2021

Video – Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

Novel: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Systemic Racism, Franciscan Values Today, Jan. 2021

A Conversation with Sisters of Selma at Global Sisters Report

The article” For Our White Friends Desiring To Be Allies”  by Courtney Ariel

The article “75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice,” by Corinne Shutack, offers some practical suggestions for how to stand with people of color.

White Privilege by Fr. Bryan Massingale of Fordham University

I Can’t Breathe – Reflections and Resources

Unarmed black Americans are roughly five times as likely as unarmed white Americans to be shot and killed by a police officer

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