We cannot be silent – Interfaith Alliance
This is a pivotal moment for our nation. The very real pain of Black Americans has been laid bare through the outrage surrounding the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others.
To be silent right now is to be silent in the face of racism. As a multi-racial, multi-faith organization we join in solidarity with Black activists mobilizing against police violence and echo the demand for a justice system that truly values Black lives.
Every one of us – especially those who benefit from the daily privileges of whiteness – has a moral responsibility to listen to and show up for our Black family, friends, and colleagues. This means calling out injustice where we see it, supporting organizations and campaigns helmed by Black leaders, and electing champions of racial justice. And it means having difficult but necessary conversations with those closest to us about being an active participant in building a more just future.
You can read our full statement online, but undoing systemic racism will require action and intentionality. When it comes to COVID-19, please be reticent. Stay home as much as you can and limit opportunities for infection. But when it comes to fighting racism in this country, I ask you to be anything but reticent.
I ask you to be bold.
Rabbi Jack Moline
President, Interfaith Alliance
2101 L Street NW
Washington, DC 20037-1657
Tel: (202) 466-0567