There is a very good and clear statement which leaders of Churches and Charities in Reading put together, as a response to all the media coverage around the avoidable death of George Floyd, which I would personally generally endorse.
It ought to be the case that the statement Black Lives Matter should go without saying, but some people feel that unless one actually states that, one is being “racist”. It should also go without saying that as Christians we believe that we are all descendants of Adam and Eve and therefore that race is pretty much a human construct underpinned by the idea of evolution, not creation. It seems profoundly stupid to suggest that skin colour alone makes any one human superior to another.
The tragedy of George Floyd’s death itself has since led to many more tragedies and some pretty horrendous rioting, criminal damage and much more. One of the most unfortunate effects has been a polarisation of views whereby one only has to say, or not say, a particular phrase and one is condemned as something unpleasant. The U.K. has escaped the excesses of the fallout, but we must sympathise with pats of American which have been badly effected. We should also be saddened by how the actions of certain individual police officers in America has resulted in the felt need to state that Blue Lives Matter.
Months on from the original event, bodycam footage has been released which should have been seen immediately after the event. I will not attempt any opinion here but recommend that you track the footage down and view for yourself.
There are two things which truly sadden me.
One is that certain political factions have used events to push their agenda, in some cases using violence with no concern for the breakdown of law and order.
The other is that the political organisation “BLM” is so overtly anti-Christian and christian values. They make themselves impossible to support if one wishes to remain true to one’s own beliefs around the sanctity of life, family, marriage and other issues.