Irish American Unity Conference Officers Condemn Racial Injustice

 

Washington DC…June 3, 2020.

The Officers of the Irish American Unity Conference have issued the following statement on the state of the Nation’s racial crisis…
We, the Officers of the Irish American Unity Conference, express our outrage at the ongoing, deep-seated, brutal racism that is destroying the fabric of our country. We condemn in particular the recent cold-blooded murders of African-American fellow citizens, including children, in Minnesota, Georgia, Texas, Florida, New York City, Cleveland, Chicago, Baltimore, East St. Louis, and Louisville. We stand in solidarity with our African-American sisters and brothers not only in this time of crisis but at all times. There are disturbing parallels between America’s racism and the state-sponsored political and religious discrimination and violence imposed for over eight hundred years on native Irish people in the north of Ireland. It is not a coincidence that the Northern Ireland Civil Rights movement took its inspiration and strategies from the Civil Rights movement in the United States to fight for justice and an end to oppression. We are painfully aware that recent racist events in this country are not an anomaly or aberration, but rather are a continuation of the violence perpetrated against people of color for hundreds of years, often state-sanctioned, to intimidate and deny equal citizenship to a significant segment of our society. We declare our resolve that the United States must once and for all acknowledge and stop its endemic racism or fail its founding principles of equality and justice for all. None of us can be silent, for if we are not part of the solution then we are part of the problem.

Peter Kissel, President
George Trainor, Vice-President
Kevin Barry, Treasurer
Sarah McAuliffe-Bellin, Secretary

 

1 Comment

  1. Marnie O'Doherty says:

    Excellent. I am so proud of your response. I live in Belfast and agree wit all you have said.

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