We are Called to Fight Against Racism and Injustice

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© James Victore, Racism. 1993.

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June 4, 2020 — The University Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Orlando cannot remain silent in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the built-up anger and exhaustion fueling uprisings across the United States. The UUUF condemns racism and police brutality in no uncertain terms. In accordance with our First Principle, “The inherent worth and dignity of every human being,” we recognize our shared humanity and acknowledge the systemic injustice to which our black and brown siblings have been subjected for generations. We see you and we grieve alongside you. 

The UUUF reaffirms its commitment to radical inclusion. We are dismayed by present conditions of racial injustice and we support and affirm every person’s right to peaceful protest. Sadly, many of these protests have turned violent and some have included rioting and looting. We do not condone violence or the destruction of property. If we understand rioting as a symptom of a social ill, our goal is healing the illness rather than merely treating its symptoms. We are committed to engaging in the hard work of anti-racism and making our community a safe, welcoming space for all.