MARCHA Statement on Acts of Violence and Hate in Charlottesville, VA

08/15/2017 – MARCHA, Methodist Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans, condemns the senseless violence displayed in recent days in Charlottesville VA and that is erupting in other locations throughout the US. We mourn the death of a young woman and two police officers in VA, stands in solidarity with their families, and pray for the many injured in this despicable act of hate.

As Christians, we denounce all acts of violence, discrimination and hate. As Hispanic/Latinx we are alarmed and concerned by the increase of white supremacist, neo-Nazis and alt-right groups that promote hate and violence against people of color and other social and religious minorities in the US. Racism, whether it manifests through hateful words or violent acts, is a sin and a destructive force in society.  [Read more…]

¿Dónde esta la voz latina-cristiana en asuntos raciales?

Racial-Justice-5-17-2013Por Teresita Matos-Post | En los últimos meses hemos sido testigos de la complejidad del problema racial en los Estados Unidos. En medio de conversaciones difíciles acerca del racismo y sus ramificaciones, me di cuenta cuan silenciosas han sido las voces Latinas.  Tanto me perturbo ese pensamiento, que quise desmentirlo como un prejuicio mío, y mi falta de disciplina en leer más y mejores canales de información en el internet, más allá de Twitter y Facebook.

Así que, rápidamente le envié un mensaje por “Feisbuk” a uno de mis profesores del seminario, Dr. Elías Ortega-Aponte, quien es experto en estudios de religión y cultura Afro-Latina. Le pregunté si en sus investigaciones se había encontrado con artículos en páginas web latinas que trataran el caso de la jovencita afro-americana de quince años, quien fue detenida agresivamente por un policía en Texas; o el caso de Rachel Dolezal, una activista de derechos civiles de descendencia blanca, quien renunció como presidente de la Asociación Nacional para el Avance de la Gente de Color (NAACP, por sus siglas en inglés) cuando se descubrió que mintió diciendo que es una mujer birracial.  El profesor Ortega-Aponte compartió conmigo algunos artículos, no sin añadir que eran muy pocos y que hacen falta más voces. [Read more…]

MARCHA’s statement regarding the deadly shooting in Charleston SC.

charleston-morris-brown-ame-prayer-morris-581x388MARCHA, Methodist Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans, joins our sisters and brothers in grieving and mourning the tragic deaths of the pastor and members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston SC. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were wounded, the families of those killed in this senseless act of violence and hate and with all the members of this historic sister congregation.

We do not know what went through the mind of this young man that showed such wanton disregard for the sacredness of human life that led him to commit this heinous crime, what we know, because we (Latinos), have experienced it in our own communities, is the evil consequences of racism. The violence against our sisters an brothers in the Emanuel Church is not an isolated evil act, rather it is an expression of the sin of racism that continues to be nurtured in our society by those who proclaim hate and discrimination against others who are different. We have heard this kind of rhetoric in speeches of radio hosts and even in those from some civic leaders.

There is nothing that we can do to restore the lives of those who were murdered, but there much that our church and society can do to eradicate this pernicious and evil sin.

MARCHA commits itself to continue denouncing the expressions of racism, to work towards a society free of hate and violence, (to proclaim the gospel of reconciliation that God has given to us in Jesus) and call upon every person of good will to join together in building a world where justice and peace prevail.

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