President Russell m. Nelson and leaders of NAACP have come together to speak against racism and finding a lasting solution to it. The statement was released on Monday, June 8, 2020, titled “Locking arms for racial harmony in America.”
President Nelson joined Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO, Leon Russell, NAACP Chairman of the Board, and The Reverend Amos C. Brown, Chairman Emeritus of Religious Affairs, NAACP in releasing the statement.
In the joint statement, they made it clear that we are all children of our Heavenly Father. Working together to bring hope, happiness, and love to all of God’s children.
“Some might think us unlikely collaborators, but our respective organizations have connected in a significant way. Not as black or white, not as Baptists or members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but as children of God who are working to bring hope, happiness, and love to all of God’s children.“
In finding answers to racism, prejudice, discrimination, and hate, the answer from these leaders were;
“Unitedly we declare that the answers to racism, prejudice, discrimination, and hate will not come from government or law enforcement alone. Solutions will come as we open our hearts to those whose lives are different than our own, as we work to build bonds of genuine friendship, and as we see each other as the brothers and sisters we are — for we are all children of a loving God.”
They continue by saying;
“What is the solution? Whether you are a believer or not, Jesus Christ taught an inspired model that leads to peace and harmony — to love God first, and then to love our neighbor as ourselves. We don’t pretend that either of these pursuits is easy, but we do declare that they yield the fruits the Lord promised.“
In the same statement, they shared their deep sorrow for the senseless killing of George Floyd and mourn with his family and everyone connected to him.
“We share deep sorrow for the senseless, heinous act of violence that needlessly took the life of George Floyd. We mourn with his family, friends and community. We likewise look on with sadness at the anger, hate, contempt and violence spilling onto America’s streets, devastating cities across the nation, and creating fear and anxiety in citizens across this great land.”
President Nelson took to his Twitter page to share the message with the world. Below is his post;
Read and understand the full joint statement on Medium
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