BLACK LIVES MATTER

A statement dated 13 June 2020 from the MBC Leadership Team:

Like many in this country and across the world, we are appalled at the horrific treatment of people from the black community in the United States by Law enforcement officers, that has led to the deaths of George Floyd and others. Our thoughts and prayers are for their families. It is a problem not just in the States but deep in our own Nation's history.
 
As Martin Luther King Jnr once reminded us “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” The second paragraph of the US Declaration of Independence states that “we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal,…“
 
It is obvious from what’s occurring in the States that this truth that “…all men are created equal..” is not self-evident to some. There must be a contrary belief system that informs and drives such inhumane behaviour. Perhaps the notion that holds one race superior and the other inferior.
 
These acts of racial harassment and injustice have been going on for quite a while, but we will dare to continue to keep the hope of improved race relations and community cohesion alive, as we dialogue and seek proactive ways to make the required structural adjustments and changes to the systemic racial and socio-economic injustices existing within our own context in order to create a better future for posterity.
 
As the MBC Leadership, we are conscious of our privilege. All of us are ethnically white. We too accept that there are structural inequalities in the way we do things and that we must work harder to address them. Whilst we cannot personally understand the anger which many are feeling, having not experienced the routine discrimination faced by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic peoples, we stand in solidarity as we fight against racism and oppression in all its forms. Dissent is deeply embedded in our DNA and, in this instance, we are strongly supportive of freedom of expression and a plurality of views, and, conversely, stand against institutions which persecute and oppress.
 
The anti-racism protests seen in Bristol, across the country and in other parts of the world on 7th June 2020 bring home the truth eloquently expressed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr. that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice every where.” He added “we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly”
 
Edmund Burke also once noted “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men (people) to do nothing“.
 
We call our members to prayer and action as we continue to seek God’s kingdom in this country and across the world; holding a vision of a just, right and enduring peace (shalom) between all peoples.
 
He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8