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Black Church Leaders Condemn KKK Terror in Charlottesville
Oakland, CA — Following a white nationalist, Ku Klux Klan-sponsored “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Black church faith leaders and denominations, today joined other clergy in announcing a “Weeks of Righteous Resistance” initiative to push back on hate and racism. Prompted by the hostile treatment of fellow faith leaders — Rev. Traci Blackmon, Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, Dr. Cornell West, Lisa Sharon Harper and others — who were locked inside a local Charlottesville church and terrorized by the KKK, the clergy leaders released the following statement:
“The legacy of racial terror in the south is well documented,” said Dr. Iva Carruthers, general secretary of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference. “Our conference, The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference is named after one of the black church champions for justice. In this spirit and legacy, we condemn the public terror being unleashed on our loved ones in the South and across the country. This wickedness must be met with a united and faithful response. We are here to stand together and help lead this response.”
“Does it bother you that unmasked members of the Ku Klux Klan will likely be in someone’s church singing worship songs, praying, attending a church plant conference, or worse, policing our neighborhoods, teaching our children?” said the Rev. Michael McBride, director of Urban Strategies for PICO National Network’s LIVE FREE program.