President Trump’s comments on Haiti and other African nations are not only deplorable, but emphatically misrepresent who we are as a nation. And we are clear that appealing to the basest of ideals will not divide us as a nation–even if the person making those comments holds the highest office in the land. We have come too far and overcome too much to see America return to it’s darkest days.
Dr. King said that “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” And we will not be silent on this. Our biblical and ancestral heritage emerges from soil of Africa. These lands are an oasis of beauty, culture, and innovation. They are far from how the President described them.
We will not stand idle and allow our brothers and sisters who are immigrants be treated in such a hostile manner. Therefore, we are calling on all people of faith, and the political leadership of the United States of America to speak out against these blatantly racist comments.
It is beneath who we are as Americans, no, as humans to allow these comments to go unaddressed. So we are calling on everyone who truly cares about humanity to stand with us and denounce the bigotry we see in this administration with hope that we might continue to pursue liberty and justice for all.