Louisville, KY - August 14, 2017 - The National Baptist Convention of America Int';, Inc. (NBCA)
stands in sympathy and solidarity with our brothers and sisters who were terrorized and subjected to violence in Charlottesville, Virginia at the hands of
What happened in Charlottesville can happen anywhere. We have seen it before. After the smoke clears, it is easy to convince ourselves that peace
been restored only to be reminded days, weeks, months or years later that our optimism is not reality. Therefore,
we stand with everyone across America who has been terrorized by the actions of white supremacists
and the Ku Klux Klan
As a society, we've failed to comprehend the depth of racism. If the only racism we recognize comes with hoods, burning crosses, and torches and we ignore racists practices occurring where we live, learn, work and worship, then we are moving to an inevitable ending with harsh consequences that none of us are prepared to encounter. To this end, we must
draw a line in stone: white supremacist speech is hate speech with a long, wide and direct connection to violence. White supremacist speech is terrorism. As such it amounts to "fighting words, true threats and incitement to lawlessness" and it must not be protected by the courts, ignored by law enforcement or tolerated by elected officials.
Without real deliberate change the outcome and our outlook is deeply disturbing. We must do things differently this time and declare racism is no longer welcome in our neighborhoods, workplaces, schools, churches and halls of government. It is therefore necessary for all America and its leadership to not only renounce teachings of racial hatred within our communities, but to actively take steps to eradicate its generational practice so that we can come together and truly be a United States of America. We can no longer continue to allow this nation to be bullied by hate, when we know that as believers love conquers all.
One voice can make a difference, it can bring light out of darkness and good out of evil. Today NBCA announces a National campaign called "Get Engaged." This campaign calls upon all NBCA churches and its membership to call upon their local governments to support race relations by establishing
race affairs groups who will
intentionally address race relations specifically on local levels, as well as, on a frequent and regular basis.
In keeping with Paul's letter in I Timothy 2:1-3, "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour." We solicit a call of action for NBCA to pray for the peace of our nation and the great divide of race relations.
Social Justice Commission
Reverend Brian K. Brown (FL), Chairman
National Baptist Convention of America Int'l, Inc.