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Abetting institutional racism
The killing of Armaud Arbery on February 23, 2020 in Brunswick, GA by George and Travis McMichael is a terrible tragedy and a crime. However the failure of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to do anything about it until May 7, 2020 is a far bigger crime for which we all are responsible.
In case you haven’t noticed, institutional racism is alive and well and practiced in a thousand ways every day in the U.S. of A. Most Americans are oblivious and indifferent if not passive aggressively supportive and want to “Make America Great Again” when white privilege is protected and preserved and non whites know their place.
White grievance has long been a thing, but now is overtly politically popular with President Trump saying that “there are good people on both sides.” For Unitarian Universalists that is dead wrong. Racism, personal and institutional, is evil and flies in the face of our core principles which we covenant together to affirm and promote.
So what are the criminal justice policies in your jurisdictions where you live and work? I’ll bet if you investigate, you will find many examples of racist policies and procedures. When you vote for district attorney, for mayor, for county sheriff, for governor, for your city council people, school board members, state senators and assembly people check their criminal justice policy records. You will be surprised at what you find. Let us know what you discover in the comments below or send me an email.
Is it a moral responsibility of Unitarian Universalists to educate themselves about criminal justice policies in their jurisdictions and advocate for fair, just and equitable laws and enforcement? If we, UUs, genuinely believe and apply our principles we can no longer be ignorant, indifferent, and inactive in seeing to it that criminal justice practices recognize, acknowledge, and support the inherent worth and dignity of every person..