Founder, Christian Community Development Association
"It seems like our nation is out of control, and some of this is the result of our polarization and our own victimization in both the black and white community. We have not found ways to confess to each other our wrongdoings and haven’t been able to make the kind of peace that could come from having that type of conversation. We haven’t been able to take the responsibility as God’s people or as citizens. As a nation, as individuals, and as communities, we need to start taking responsibility for our communities. As blacks, we need to take some responsibility for how we raise our children, and the whites need to take responsibility for their lack of forgiveness and imperialism and for some of the failure in our school and education systems. We also need to take responsibility for not training our police officers to affirm the dignity of humanity. We are all victims and have not found ways to truly reconcile to each other. I think that is the issue before us, and our task is learning how to actually communicate and have conversations, so we can get at some of these issues."
Founder of Living Proof Ministries
“There is no unseeing what we have seen. No unhearing what we have heard. No more claiming we didn’t know. We rise loudly for what is right.” (Source: Twitter)
Managing Editor, The Gospel Project
“Tears at the table tonight. Hard to make it through a meal when your mind is on anything but food. Hard to explain the tragedy of Eric Garner to your son and daughter, why it matters, and why we care. But we do care. Because… we’re humans. Created in God’s image. Fearfully and wonderfully made. That’s where we start, with a God who sings over His people with love and delight.” (Source: The Gospel Coalition)
Pastor, Quest Church, Seattle
“Dear Church: The ministry and call to reconciliation is not an option. It is part of our identity and discipleship as followers of Christ. Reconciliation begins when we acknowledge that something is broken. Not only are we broken but a system is broken. Both needs to be engaged.” (Source: Twitter)
Associate professor of theology at The King's College, New York City
“Do words like ‘suspect’ provide a license for depersonalization & therefore, justifies inhumane treatment in minds of some? #Personalism. In others words, when we ‘call someone a ‘suspect’ do we still see him/her as a person?” (Source: Twitter)
“Don’t nobody wanna hear our pain / That’s how I’m feeling when I’m flipping through them twitter comments, all I feel is rain / They telling me get over it’s old / That stuff don’t exist no more / But that don’t ring true when I look in these streets / So it’s real when I feel like it coulda been me.” (From the song “Coulda Been Me,” released today)
Founder of The NYC Leadership Center
"The death of Eric Garner is obviously tragic and disturbing. Every life is sacred and the loss of this young man is no doubt heart wrenching for his family and frankly, for any of us who view life from a Biblical worldview. His death is indicative of one of the many wounds that exist in our fragile city. Social inequities are not uncommon, but that fact doesn't justify indifference or violence. Heartbreaking events such as this shout to us to set aside personal agendas and genuinely seek the common good for our city and its residents. As the Body of Christ, we have a great opportunity to not only tell people about the love of Christ, but to demonstrate it. His love and grace is more than sufficient to heal us all."