By Christy Little Jones
As a wife and mother of 3 young black boys, you can only imagine my concern after witnessing senseless shooting after shooting of black men in our country. The most recent incident in North Carolina, where Keith Lamont Scott was waiting in his car for his son to get home from school and Terence Crutcher of Tulsa, Oklahoma being broken down on the side of the road after his truck stalled; both men were shot and killed by area police officers…for no reason.
Injustice, hate and fear have swarmed our communities, cities and country. These tragedies are one of many in our country over the past few years. In 2016 alone, over 700 people have been shot and killed by the police and 24% of them were black! This recurring practice by the police of killing unarmed black men is happening at alarming rates. In the US, Black Americans are three times more likely to be killed than white Americans when confronted by the police and black teens are 21 times more likely to be killed than white teens.
As people of faith, what can be done to stop the senseless killing of unarmed citizens? In 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God did not give us a spirit of fear. He gave us a spirit of power and of love and of a good mind.” Fear has gripped our nation and the evil that fear breeds continues to permeate our subconscious minds. What is happening is wrong and unjust! As leaders in the faith community, we cannot keep silent. We must start the conversation, request change to policy and hold our nation accountable to recognizing that all lives are valuable.
Values Partnerships has joined forces with MomsRising in calling for the police officers responsible for the deaths of Keith Lamont Scott and Terence Crutcher to be indicted and brought to justice immediately!
Our request is for:
- North Carolina General Assembly to mandate public access to body cam footage
- Citizen review committees investigate police shootings
- For the federal government to do more to stop police brutality.
To get involved, TAKE ACTION NOW by clicking here!
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18 NIV
MomsRising is one of our nation’s leading voices for issues affecting women, mothers, and families. www.momsrising.org