Deputies of Color express concern, sadness over increased violence against…

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What is happening and the normalization of violence in any form are not acceptable and need to stop.  The destructive power of words has caused lives to be lost.  For too many years, ignorance and hate have been weaponized against people of color.  This hatred and ignorance are another virus amongst us.We call on all people across The Church to use their voice and power to stop these acts of hatred and racial violence immediately.  We call on all leaders to set an example in their words, their deeds, and all forms of communication to oppose such hatred instead of encouraging it.  We cannot see members of our community as “others” but as people we are in communion with.President Biden in his recent address on Asian discrimination stated, “this has to change, because our silence is complicity. We have to speak out. We have to act.”  We echo the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends”.  We appreciate and affirm Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s message calling for the followers of Jesus of Nazareth to “stand up, speak up, and show up when hatred or bigotry is directed at any child of God.”  Today, we stand in solidarity with our Asian siblings, and we are committed to reach out to them, offering kindness and love, so that we can become The Beloved Community.  Acts of racial hatred need to end NOW.Submitted by the Deputies of Color Steering Committee for the 80th General Convention:Asian CaucusRyan Kusumoto, co-chair, Diocese of HawaiiAlan Murray, co-chair, Diocese of OregonCanon Barbara Okamoto Bach, secretary, Diocese of New JerseyWarren Wong, Diocese of CaliforniaBlack CaucusThe Hon. Rose Sconiers, chair, Diocese of Western New YorkLouis Glosson, vice-chair, Diocese of San DiegoKrisita Jackson, secretary, Diocese Central FloridaDianne Audrick Smith, Diocese of OhioJoe McDaniel, Jr., Diocese of Central Gulf CoastIndigenous CaucusThe Rev. Br. Simeon Powell, CG co-chair, Diocese of Northern CaliforniaMinnie Steele, co-chair, Diocese of MinnesotaThe Rev. Michael Sells, secretary, Navajoland Area MissionThe Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton, Diocese of OlympiaLatinx CaucusWendy Cañas, co-chair, Diocese of New YorkThe Rev. Nancy Frausto, co-chair, Diocese of Los AngelesThe Rev. Jose Rodriguez, secretary, Diocese of Central FloridaThe Rev. 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