Let us breathe new life into our world by standing in solidarity against racial injustice.
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.
Wake Me Up, Lord
Wake me up, Lord, so that the evil of racism
finds no home within me.
Keep watch over my heart Lord,
and remove from me any barriers to your grace,
that may oppress and offend my brothers and sisters.
Fill my spirit Lord, so that I may give
services of justice and peace.
Clear my mind Lord, and use it for your glory.
And finally, remind us Lord that you said,
“blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.”
- from For The Love of One Another (1989), a special message from the Bishops' Committee on Black Catholics of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (1979).
Killings of Innocent Black Americans by Police:
Rayshard Brooks (while in a Wendy’s parking lot)
George Floyd (while at the grocery store)
Breonna Taylor (while asleep in her bed)
Ahmaud Arbery (while jogging)
Bothem Sean and Atatiana Jefferson (while in their homes)
Jonathan Ferrell and Renisha McBride (while asking for help after being in a car crash)
Stephon Clark (while on his cellphone in his grandmother’s backyard)
Jordan Edwards (while leaving a party to get to safety)
Jordan Davis (while playing loud music)
Alton Sterling (while selling CDs)
Aiyana Jones (while sleeping)
Mike Brown (while walking from the corner store)
Tamir Rice (while playing cops and robbers)
Charleston9 (while in church)
Trayvon Martin (while walking home with Skittles)
Sean Bell (while leaving his own bachelor party and holding a hairbrush)
Oscar Grant (while partying on New Years)
Sandra Bland (while getting a traffic ticket)
Philando Castille (while lawfully carrying a weapon)
Corey Jones (when his car broke down on a public road)
John Crawford (while shopping at Walmart)
Terrence Crutcher (while his vehicle was disabled)
Keith Scott (while reading a book in his car)
Clifford Glover (a 10-year-old walking with his grandfather)
Claude Reese (while decorating for a party)
Randy Evans (while asking a cop a question)
Yvonne Smallwood (while cashing a check)
Amadou Diallo (while taking out his wallet)
Walter Scott (while running)
Eric Gardner (while struggling to breathe)
Freddie Gray (while lawfully carrying a knife)
For these deaths and all killings of innocent Americans by police due to skin color, we mourn.
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
Unarmed black Americans are roughly five times as likely as unarmed white Americans to be shot and killed by a police officer