Quebec Conference official statement on Racism
The Quebec Conference joins all well-meaning people and peaceful protesters around the globe in speaking against all forms of racism or racial profiling that continues to plague countries around the world. The Seventh-day Adventist Church upholds the biblical truth that all humans are created equal, since all are created in God’s image. (Genesis 1:27). All humans therefore have the right to live in dignity and respect. Here lies the foundation of the great virtues of Christianity: “Love your neighbor as yourself,” (Mark 12: 29-31) and “Do unto others what you want others to unto you”, (Mathew 57:12). Without love for our neighbor there is no genuine religion (1 John 4:20)
The murder of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, by a police officer kneeling on his neck in the USA, whose duty it is to protect and serve humanity with dignity, was appalling to watch. The global uproar generated is the eruption of decades of accumulated frustration due to entrenched and systemic racism. Racial profiling of people of color and other minority groups by certain law enforcement officers is a known fact highlighted by reports for which Quebec cannot claim innocence.
We salute such officers the officers, politicians and other people in positions of influence that have recognized this injustice and refused to participate. This is portrayed by the diversity of persons involved in the ongoing anti-racism protests. That said, the ugly fact is that racism, including racial profiling remains one of the deadliest pandemics in society today. It is even more dangerous than Coronavirus 19 pandemic. The world must unite to fight it.
In light of the above, and in conformity with our purpose and vision of our organization, the Quebec conference wishes to state the following:
- The Seventh-day Adventist church in Quebec condemns any form of racism and racial profiling against blacks or any people groups in our society.
- We call on our governments to take concrete steps to improve equity and transparency in law enforcement, so as to foster trust in our police force.
- To call on the government to put in place effective policies that aim to improve the standard of living of the very poor and the marginalised in society.
- To include programs in the school curriculum that help teachers and parents to effectively guide our children on inter-racial or inter-ethnic love, respect, and justice.
- We encourage open dialogue among the peoples of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds in our churches to cultivate more awareness of issues that our brother and sisters face.
- We ask our congregations and institutions to develop practical strategies that can be implemented to promote unity, multi-ethnic understanding, and mutual respect.
By Kwasi Ansah-Adu
President, Seventh-day Adventist church,-Quebec conference.