Washington, DC – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, stands with Black Lives Matter in this continuous struggle against police brutality and equal justice and first Amendment Rights. Sheriff David Clarke’s remarks, even though they are from a Black man, are hateful and offensive in turn to Black people who refuse to allow themselves to be shot down like dogs by the police. The Church will not stand for anyone to minimize our right to peaceful protest and to exercise our Rights under the First Amendment to say and stand for what we believe. It is both hurtful and hateful in the eyes of the Church to know that one of its own, namely Sheriff David Clarke, who the Black Church has nurtured, is willing to use armed police force to stop Black people from exercising our Constitutional Rights which his grandfather and grandmother died to uphold. What a moral hypocrite he is.
Rev., President of the National Black Church Initiative says, “We have one message for Sheriff Clarke, we do not care whether you have a badge, you are Black and you are bad. This will never stop us from calling and protesting the White police who systematically murder, even on video tape, our sons and daughters. When you oppose organizations like Black Lives Matter you oppose the entire Black Church. We are prepared to meet your police force with the moral force of indignation and the power of God. In my community they call this an Uncle Tom with a badge.”
This is how far we have come as Black people when we are being opposed by one of our own under the color of blue and the threat to usurp our Right to peacefully assemble and exercise our free speech because we dare to speak truth to power. We will never let the racist, white, murderous cops get away with murder. Any cop, including Sheriff David Clarke that tries to stop Black Lives Matter or any of God’s children will get the full force of the Black Church, therefore we condemn in the strongest possible terms used under the English language his brutal tactics of trying to be the White man’s Negro by opposing Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Jesus’ children.