In the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a vast wave of protest against police abuse has swept across America.
While many recent protests have been peaceful events that affirm the civil rights of African-Americans, there has also been a great deal of violence, theft and property damage in American cities; some—but only some—of that violence has been connected to the protest activity. According to The Wall Street Journal, recent events constitute the “worst civil unrest in decades” in the United States. The National Guard has been activated in at least 15 states to help curb the unrest. New York City has been rocked by riots and looting, and the cities of Albany, Buffalo, and Rochester have also experienced outbreaks of lawlessness.
At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, we are grieved by the unrest that is occurring in our state and our nation. We pray for justice and for righteousness, both for protesters and for law enforcement officials. We deplore the fact that the lawless actions of some police officers have created an atmosphere of fear and mistrust amongst African-Americans, and we deplore the fact that the some civilians have used George Floyd’s death as an excuse to engage in anarchic behavior or simple burglary and arson.
In a recent Washington Times op-ed, Tony Perkins of Family Research wrote: “If there is an upside to any of this [unrest], it might be that in the quiet of our hearts we will see that our cultural bankruptcy must be replaced by the richness of the goodness, truth, and beauty of the God Who offers life and hope. It’s my prayer that during this time of growing crises in health, safety, racial discord, and social erosion, millions of us will turn to the One Who alone can bring the healing America urgently needs.” We join in this prayer. Lord, we need you desperately. Please heal our broken nation.