“Racism has no place in the United States or in any country.”
Rev Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches
Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) leaders condemned President Donald Trump’s racist tweets disparaging four United States Congresswomen.
Trump mocked Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib by implying they were not Americans and should “go back” to where they came from in a tweet on Sunday. Omar emigrated to the United States as a Somalian refugee in the early 1990s and became a citizen at age 17. Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley, and Tlaib were born in the United States.
“The election of these four congresswomen reflects the rich diversity of the United States. It is also a testament to the American people, who want to see this diversity reflected in the governance of their country,” said Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, MCC’s newly elected Moderator.
Despite Trump’s recent tweet, “I don’t have a racist bone in my body,” his record on issues of race is disturbing. In 2018, Trump made crude and racially deprecating remarks about Haiti and African countries. He was the chief promoter of the lie that Barack Obama, America’s first African American president, was born outside the United States. And Trump responded to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, by saying there were “very fine people on both sides.”
“It is shameful that President Donald Trump has chosen to attack these citizens. Racism has no place in the United States or in any country. In MCC, we believe in justice and are committed to resisting the structures that oppress people and we stand with those who suffer under the weight of oppressive systems,” Rev. Elder Eggleston said.
“We cannot become complacent and desensitized to racially-charged statements. Our faith resides in God where love will win and fear and hatred will wither in love’s shadow. We cannot be silent,” Rev. Elder Eggleston said.
MCC’s website offers valuable resources on the topic of white privilege, diversity and inclusion. The authors of the resources state the following:
“The following list of resources has been compiled by MCC’s Racial Reconciliation Working Group to help empower us to undo the ways white privilege limits the full inclusion of peoples of color within MCC, and lead us into greater diversity as a movement of faith, justice, and liberation.
The resources are listed under the major categories of Litanies, Articles, By the Numbers (Hard Data), Videos, Classes and Resources, Deeper Reading (Books), and Similar Sites….”