Responding to Murder of George Floyd

by the Leadership Council of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth on them.”
Ida B. Wells Barnett

Our Catholic Church has declared that racism must be eradicated as incompatible with God’s design (Gaudium et Spes). Leaders of our Church in the United States of America have proclaimed racism as a sin that blots out the image of God among specific members of the human family (Brothers and Sisters to Us). Twenty years ago, building on previous efforts, Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa formally committed themselves to become an antiracist Congregation. Standing on these convictions, we are outraged and saddened by the blatant brutality that resulted in the death of Mr. George Floyd on May 25, 2020. We offer our sympathy and support to his family. We urge that each of the four former police officers involved with his death be prosecuted, and we call for a fair, just, and timely process to adjudicate this tragedy.

We recognize the desperation of individuals as well as Communities of Color. We acknowledge a common cause for justice among the many groups who are present all over the United States where protesting is taking place. We stand with Communities of Color who continue to be traumatized again and again because of violence that they experience at the hands of police and others. We pledge to continue to address the disenfranchisement and oppression that occur on a daily basis across our country. We vow to join with others to create a holy and just society and Church where racial justice and peace are transforming our communities.

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