Letter from Attack Poverty – George Floyd

Attack Poverty Family, We are deeply saddened and grieved at the death of George Floyd and have been thinking about the events of this week, and previous weeks, regarding the senseless killings of black individuals in America. These events are a microcosm of the events over the past several hundred years. We are grieved alongside our fellow Americans that continue to hear the words “we are free” and yet experience a culture where freedom is close yet just out of reach. The reason being - skin tone. We are saddened at the pleas for justice that fall on deaf ears and yet the majority justify the silence. Most of us have heard before that “silence is approval”. Be silent no more! This needs to stop. The senseless, brutal acts towards humanity need not be. If we are not careful, our children will grow up in a society of regression not progression. This cycle must be broken. There must be a new way. We must stand together. We need the Lord, we need each other, we need transformation. God calls each of us to “Act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8) We cannot get different results by pursuing the same actions. We need new and different actions. We need healing not just repair. We need wholeness not patch work. Here at Attack Poverty we talk about breaking the cycles of generational poverty. This is a form of generational poverty. This is a cycle that needs to be broken. Together, how can we change this cycle and empower people despite their skin tone? Will we be humble enough to receive leadership from our brothers and sisters of color? Will we be humble enough to listen and really hear? Let’s not be silent, lest we approve of our sin, our brokenness. As Christians, we are all called to further the Kingdom of God. This means we focus our thoughts, words, and actions on God. This means we stand up and stand with all of our brothers and sisters because we all come from the same father. George Floyd is a human being and a child of God. Let’s remember this! “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?” Isaiah‬ 58:6 In Solidarity, -Attack Poverty