Race, Economic Injustice and Ferguson -
Catholic Campaign for Human Development
Ralph McCloud, Executive Director of the USCCB’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development, will be the guest speaker at the Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry’s 46th Annual Dinner and Awards event on Tuesday evening, October 21st,
at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville.
The comments here are excerpted from a conversation between Millennial,
an online journal, and Mr. McCloud following the killing of Michael Brown
and the ensuing protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
A full transcript of the interview can be found here. OCSJM is grateful to the Millennial Journal for allowing this reprint.
On racial bias . . .
Racism continues to be a major problem in the country. Unjust stops, arrests, the use of militia-type tactics on citizens and discriminatory sentencing policies have led to a growing distrust among African Americans and other people of color toward police and the judicial “system.” There is a feeling that we will not be treated fairly and because of that, there is growing polarization, mutual disrespect and alienation on all sides… until it erupts unfortunately in a tragedy. You know there’s a problem when police view neighborhoods as war zones and kids feel like they’re under occupation.
On systemic and structural racism . . .
Why is it the norm when dealing with people of color and alleged “criminals” to utilize violence? Why do we consider certain types of communities disposable? . . .
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