Statement on the
killing of Tyre Nichols

by The Racial Justice and
Reconciliation Commission

The brutal killing of Tyre Nichols stuns and sickens anyone with a conscience and heart. It is all the more disturbing that his death came at the hands of those sworn to protect and serve. While it would be wrong to paint all women and men in law enforcement with the same brush, we should not quickly ignore  the violent urges and inbred prejudices that lie within the human heart. These baser instincts, buried in our unconscious, can, under certain circumstances, easily erupt in actions ranging from hurtful words to the most heinous behavior against our sisters and brothers. 

As disciples of Jesus we believe that we are sent by Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit to make real in our own place and time God’s dream of Beloved Community. 

The Racial Justice and Reconciliation Commission in the Episcopal Church in Delaware is committed to this holy work and we invite you to join us in whatever ways God moves your heart. 

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