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May 29, 2020
WASHINGTON (NRB) – NRB members responded to the viral video posted on Monday that showed a white police officer in Minneapolis with his knee on the neck of George Floyd, an African American man, who died as a result.
Tony Evans, President of The Urban Alternative, tweeted: “My heart breaks to witness yet another senseless loss of life. As believers in Christ, we must band together across racial lines to ensure justice is righteously served and a new environment for safety, equity and healing can be established. We must righteously voice our dissent but we must simultaneously follow it up with a strategy for a long-term solution. We need more than words. We need more than a protest. We need a plan. The primary source for this potential solution comes through the church. #icantbreathe”
Evans’ offered a booklet, A Personal Challenge to Black and White Americans, available for free on the Urban Alternative website.
Franklin Graham, President and CEO of The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, tweeted his disgust at the video: “This makes me sick to my stomach. What took place yesterday on a Minneapolis street, by the @MinneapolisPD should deeply concern each & every American. It’s inexcusable. To watch a police officer kill an unarmed black man is so disturbing. Police are not judge & jury. These officers will stand before God & the authorities on this earth for what they did. Thankfully, this isn’t the story of every police department. Most law enforcement are servants who put their lives on the line to protect their communities. Pray for George Floyd’s family, loved ones, and friends, that God will put His loving arms around them and comfort them during this tragedy.” BGEA is deploying chaplains to Minneapolis to help bring Gospel healing and hope.
NRB CEO Troy Miller said in a statement, “Our hearts are broken at the unjust killing of George Floyd and we pray for swift justice in this case. We believe this is an opportunity for the Church to be a catalyst for racial reconciliation. Our members are working hard to bring Gospel hope and healing to our troubled nation.”
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