accountability and mercy

BY CHRISTOPHER KERR | May 25, 2021

Today, May 25, 2021, marks the one year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd. “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe” were the words he uttered over twenty times while being held face down on the ground for nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds

Floyd’s death propelled the U.S. more deeply into a racial reckoning. Indeed, the last year has further compelled the Ignatian family to grapple with the legacy of racism in our own network through accountability, action, and, as people of faith, discernment and prayer.  

George Floyd, Racial Justice

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We work within an Ignatian and Catholic landscape that historically, and even today, is often complicit in the sin of racism, both implicitly and explicitly.  We know that in working for racial justice, we will, at times, fall short and make missteps, but to fulfill our faith-based social justice mission rooted in the Gospel, we must make this a priority. 

Sunday, the Catholic Church celebrated the Feast of Pentecost, commemorating Jesus breathing on his disciples the power of the Holy Spirit. In his breath, he offered his followers a breath that had the potential to change the world—a breath of hope, a breath of peace, a breath of love, a breath of justice. As we commemorate the unconscionable loss of George Floyd, whose breath was taken away—are we committed to responding to the Pentecost Gospel? Are we willing to be people of love, of peace, hope, and of justice? What will each of us do to build a society where no one’s breath is stolen? 

Below, we invite you to explore some of the ways that the Ignatian Solidarity Network and others in the Jesuit network have worked to advance anti-racism in the last year. Please use and share these resources as we work together to respond to the call to dismantle systemic racism, reimagine policing in our communities, and build a more just and equitable society.

We continue to hold in our prayers the family of George Floyd and all who continue to be victimized and traumatized by the impacts of systemic racism.

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How the Ignatian Family is Responding:

2 replies
  1. RJ Andes
    RJ Andes says:

    I agree that racism is 100% wrong and there are people from all races and backgrounds that are uneducated and blind. But on the other hand are we ourselves naive and hypocritical when we decide on which race is deemed to have either suffered the most or we choose to ignore a particular race when it happens.

    I was raised to love everyone it doesn’t matter what race or creed you are, but I feel that to tackle racism you must but the effort for every single person that has experienced it that includes white people which are greatly ignored and are look upon as the problem which in itself is one of the issues.

    Maybe people need there moral compass configuration fixed.

    Self policing is open more to corruption and will do more harm than good and has for systematic racism I’m not a believer that it even exists and is a mirage.But I respect that at least your fighting for something but remember excluded solves nothing.

    You have fought for Asians, African and Black Americans and Latin, why do you exclude whites ? isn’t that a form of racism and wrong in Gods eyes.

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