Commission to Dismantle Racism and Discrimination Issues Statement on Derek Chauvin Conviction

The Commission to Dismantle Racism and Discrimination of the Episcopal Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania stands in solidarity with the family of George Floyd and all those who have suffered because of the sins of racism and oppression.

The commission is committed to working with the diocesan partnership and the community to dismantle the structures of systemic racism that have existed since the founding of this country. Silence is complicity.

We recognize the conviction of Derek Chauvin holds him accountable but that he is one person in a police culture that devalues and endangers Black and brown lives. The Commission urges people of faith to speak out with the Episcopal Public Policy Network to support the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021. God brought us to this moment. Let us follow his lead with love.

We encourage and support the clergy and laity as we continue to work toward fair and equitable treatment for all God’s children.

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.”

Micah 6:8