Denouncing Racial Inequality in the United States

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is immersed in the lives of vulnerable people around the world. We have seen families fleeing genocide in Myanmar, girls forced into early marriage in Uganda, children starving to death in Madagascar, poor communities desperate for hope in Syria, and entire neighborhoods washed away in The Bahamas.

For more than 30 years, we have seen—and fought to change­—inequality, poverty, hunger, and despair in more than 100 developing countries around the world.

Inequality and despair are not endemic to the developing world only, and we at ADRA can no longer address injustice worldwide without acknowledging injustice here where we reside in the United States.

George Floyd did not deserve to die. Ahmaud Arbery did not deserve to die. Breonna Taylor did not deserve to die. These precious lives are the most recent victims to a national heritage of racism and violence, against them or in response to them, that has claimed more African-American lives than can be counted. We must do everything we can to make sure this heritage of racial inequality comes to a conclusive end while we wait Christ’s return.

The United States was founded on Christian beliefs but built on the backs of slaves. That paradox disgraces us to this day and shames all who do not speak out on behalf of equality and justice.

We at ADRA urge all who claim to be Christian to take seriously and reflect on the words of 1 Corinthians 12:26: “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it.”

When our fellow humans suffer, we at ADRA suffer. We suffer irrespective of who they are. We suffer when anyone is discriminated against because of the color of their skin. We suffer because every human life is made in the image of God.

This is why it is so important that we live by the words of Jesus: “As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34)

As the humanitarian arm of the most ethnically diverse Christian faith in the United States, it is our privilege to serve so all people may live as God intended. It is our honor to be the hands and feet of Jesus to a hurting world. It is our responsibility to be the voice of justice, compassion, and love.

The last half of 1 Corinthians 12:26 says, “if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” Now is not a time to rejoice, but a time to mourn, and to speak out against the injustice that causes us to mourn.

We pray that you will join us in denouncing injustice as we strive to take action against it. Until all are honored equally, no one in America can rejoice.

I stand with you,

Michael Kruger

President

ADRA

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This statement originally appeared on the ADRA website. Photo courtesy of ADRA.

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This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/10495

There is not racial inequality in the United States. There is however, racial prejudice and selfishness among some individuals. One must be cautious of the temptation to lump an entire nation because of a few bad actors.

This is definitely an all inclusive statement that shows a very close-minded approach to explaining life in the U.S.

But built on the backs of slaves… No, this is an example of an all inclusive statement and is not entirely true, but yes SOME of the U.S. was built on the backs of slaves, but also on the backs of children and abused lower class citizens, thus the leading to labor unions and OSHA.

Mass protests and riots do not necessarily represent a true holistic picture but do have a tendency to sway the unthinking mind. It was a grave error the Minneapolis Minnesota leaders made in not addressing the murder within minutes of the act. The failure to act quickly is also an injustice. The murder was an injustice regardless of the victim’s ethnicity. The rage and violence is also an injustice. Protesting however is not an injustice until anyone blocks streets, throws objects, steals, or harms others. Selfish protesting takes away the true purpose of the protest.

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Yes, shshsh

I hope this is generally true and I believe it is generally. The weakness of the black lives matter movement is that it is often based on facts. But what bothers me most is that just as white communities need to be honest with each other about our issues, the black lives matters must do the same. For example, why does not David Dorn’s life matter? Where are the protests for him and his death?

David Dorn was shot and killed by looters days ago while protecting his community as a retired police officer. Dorn served the St. Louis community for 38 years as a police captain. He was 77-years-old. More importantly, David Dorn was black.

In 2018, where the homicide victim was black, the suspected killer also was from the black community–88 percent of the time. From 1976 to 2005, 94 percent of black victims were killed by other African Americans.

Do these black lives matter? Where are the protests? Where is the outcry?

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