Whilst President Obama has his USA racism problems with the shooting of five white police offers in Dallas and the widespread 'Black Lives Matter' campaign, we have issues too here in the UK. Last week's Methodist Conference "abhors and deeply regrets those actions and words which incite hatred and lead to the victimisation of groups within society and notes with concern that such actions and words have been normalised in recent public discourse. Believing that racism is a denial of the gospel and that to stay silent when others are abused is to collude with those who seek to promote hatred and division, the Methodist Conference calls:
-on the Methodist people to challenge racism and discrimination.
-for a political debate which neither demonises any nor leaves the vulnerable (the foreigner, the immigrant and refugee) in danger of victimisation.
-on political leaders to work together for the good of the whole community putting the needs of the nation before party politics.
-on all those in positions of power and authority to hear the voices of those who have been marginalised and alienated and to respond to them in ways which offer real hope for the future."
It also encourages people to write to their MP on the topic. To do this easily, click here.