Geneva, July 11: Global Church organisation World Council of Churches (WCC) has severely condemned the growing racial violence in the USA and offered prayers for peace in the state of Texas which is battered by the recent violence involving the coloured and white people.
In a statement, the WCC said that two recent fatal police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota once again prompted grief and heartbreak for the endemic racial violence present in the USA. Subsequently, during a protest in Dallas, a gunman opened fire on police officers in the heart of the south-central US city, killing five officers and injuring nine others during protests.
Dr Agnes Abuom, the moderator of the WCC Central Committee, expressed her sorrow and her hope that escalating racial tensions and violence will abate. “We pray that all of us might be catalysts for change as we work against racism and discrimination that is the root cause for anger and, unspeakable violence,” she said.
“We must come together globally and continue our movement giving hope to vulnerable people, people who have lost loved ones, people who are increasingly afraid in their daily lives,” she further said.
Prayers and statements of sorrow have streamed in from WCC member churches in the USA responding to the continuing police violence disproportionately experienced in black communities as well as the horrifying deaths of five police officers, targeted during a protest, the statement said.