Yesterday George Floyd’s brother Philonise spoke before the House judiciary committee calling on Congress to act over police violence: ‘…make the necessary changes that make law enforcement the solution – and not the problem… Teach them what it means to treat people with empathy and respect…’
Home Secretary Priti Patel, described in the House of Commons how she was frequently called a ‘paki’ as a child and was ‘…racially abused on the streets or even advised to drop her surname and use her husbands in order to advance her career.’
Local musician and presenter Mylene Klass was abused as a mixed race Filipino girl growing up in Norfolk: ‘They called me all sorts – Chink. Slit eye. Number 69, Fried rice. Mongrel. Ping pong. Slut. All Tai girls are sluts. Banana.’
Watford striker André Gray was stereotyped and judged: “I can’t even count how many times I’ve been pulled over… gone to a club and not got in… a security guard has followed me round a shop… I’m three people in this country. And that’s either a footballer, a rapper or a drug dealer.’
Across the world Christians recently celebrated Pentecost Sunday – the start of the Christian church. One of the first lessons that Christians had to learn was one of inclusion and equality.
Peter had a dream of sheets and animals. It taught him that all people, whatever their race, or culture, were equal before God. This lesson had to be learned, acted on and passed on. Previous beliefs had to change.
Philonise Floyd pleaded that his brother’s death would not be in vain: ‘Please listen to the calls I’m making to you now. To the calls of our family and the calls ringing out in the streets across the world. People of all backgrounds, genders and races have come together to demand change.’
The story of Peter’s dream and its results is told in Acts 10