The events in Charlottesville, Virginia and the very real threat of more activities on the part of white supremacy movements have been a painful reminder that racialized violence is a sad reality of our time, not only in the United States, but in our own country too. The escalation of racial tension and turmoil leaves many anxious about peace in their own neighbourhoods and throughout their communities.
Racialized violence inflicts havoc in the streets and heartache in our homes. It leaves people injured – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Tragically, it leaves some families to mourn the death of their loved ones.
In the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, many governors, senators and mayors across the United States have called on the President to be unequivocally clear in denouncing the principles and activities of white supremacy. Many world leaders have also called him to exercise strong leadership in this regard.
People of good will of every political stripe and every faith tradition are praying for a peaceful resolution to the crisis at hand. Let us join them in holding before God all those who govern, and negotiate an end to this violence; and all who serve and protect the public as police and emergency health services personnel. In many respects their job is none other than what the prophet said of those who would rebuild the cities laid waste by violence in his day, “You shall be the repairers of the breach, the restorer of the streets”. (Isaiah 58:12).
Let us pray too for the Church’s witness in the midst of this growing crisis. May we be united, courageous and unwavering in denouncing racialized violence of every kind and in proclaiming the God-given dignity with which “…every family in heaven and on earth derives its name”. (Ephesians 3:15)
Yours in Christ,
The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz
Archbishop and Primate
The Anglican Church of Canada
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