The racial profiling, police brutality, voting restrictions, and mass imprisonment of African Americans and other people of color in the United States (dubbed the “New Jim Crow” by civil rights advocate and scholar Michelle Alexander) is a moral outrage. The tragic killings of black men, women, and boys by mostly white police officers in the past several years year has sparked the largest black social justice movement since the Civil Rights era. This growing Black Lives Matter movement spreads across all quarters of American society, including housing, education, criminal justice, health, jobs, economic security, environment, reproductive rights, and media. In order to make black lives matter, we have to support work on police accountability and prison reform while strengthening the infrastructure to address the array of issues where black lives do not matter.
As Unitarian Universalists, our dedication to global justice, equity, and dignity leads us to join hands across lines of race, class, age, and geography and work to end to the injustices faced by black people, so that every person is treated equally under the law. The Unitarian Universalist Association has called for congregations to act on this issue, and the MDUUC Board asked the Racial Justice Committee to make a recommendation, which has led to this plan.