CHERYL CHUMLEY – 12/02/2015
‘We repent of the violent acts done in the name of racism’
A white Chicago pastor, Daniel Hill, offered up a prayer of repentance for fellow members of his white community, saying the Caucasian race has treated blacks poorly and requires forgiveness from God.
As Mediaite reported, the senior pastor of River City Community Church said he wanted to “confess on behalf of my white brothers and sisters” for what he characterized as the systematic devaluation of black lives.
He then said: “We repent of the violent acts done in the name of racism. We repent of the apathy that has caused so many of us to sit on the sidelines.”
Raw Story reported he specifically named Laquan McDonald and Rekia Boyd, blacks who were killed by police, as examples of the violent acts.
Video footage shot by CNN of Hill’s prayer indicates he spoke at length on the issue. In his public confession, Hill said through a megaphone: “[We repent for] the history of holding our people, our color, our kind as the epitome of most valuable, and of devaluing so many other people. Of devaluing so many black lives. None of us want to say it out loud, but we show it in the ways that our systems play out every day in our country,” Raw Story reported.
And he later took to CNN to explain to host Brooke Baldwin how he was simply publicly acknowledging the sins whites have committed in the name of harming black people over the span of American history.
“[Society’s] created a narrative that black people could be dehumanized [and] devalued,” he said, on CNN.