#Blacklivesmatter

July 20th, 2020 10:00 pm

#blacklivesmatter

Following the ongoing protests against police brutality and systemic racism in the United States of America, we feel compelled to make the following statement:

WSCF-Europe strives for more diversity on all levels – global, European, national and local.

We, as WSCF-E, do not tolerate racism, hate and discrimination of any kind. We stand with all people affected by discrimination and violence.

We recognize that systemic racism is not just a problem in the USA, but also in Europe. While the European community is built on the celebration of diversity, the problem of racism is still present in our countries. And even though racial bias, hate and discrimination might look different in the European context, the fight against racism is and should be, a global issue.

Police brutality against Black people is only one alarming symptom of systemic racism. The history of people of colour, but especially of Black people, has been tainted by oppression, violence and prejudice, as they have been enslaved, exploited and stripped of dignity and human rights. A history that has been caused largely by white Europeans, looking to colonize and conquer the whole world. Therefore, we acknowledge the role we and our countries, ancestors and churches have played in this and are committed to not just do better, but to dismantle white supremacy.

As a diverse organisation, our mission is to educate, activate and advocate for an inclusive community.

And as Christians, we believe that all people are created equal in the image of God and as our siblings. We distance ourselves from all Christians neglecting the current discussion and the responsibility we have in the process of fighting for love and tolerance. We are taught by Jesus Christ to love one another, to stand against injustice and to raise our voice for the ones in need as we are all one in Christ (Gal 3:28). According to our motto at WSCF-Europe, “proclaiming faith together for justice”, we strive for equality, for loving acceptance and for the end of systemic oppression and racism.

We pledge to continue working for a more just and accepting society for all people and we urge you to join us on this mission.

Black lives matter!

June 2020, European Regional Committee

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