Norwich pastor calls out racism after Floyd death
A Norwich church pastor has spoken out against racism close to home in the light of the death of George Floyd at the hands of policemen in Minneapolis.
“Racism is a familiar blade for many people who are black,” said Tom Rawls, senior pastor of Proclaimers Church in Norwich. “For those at its sharp end, the killing of George Floyd does not come as a surprise.”
Pastor Rawls emphasised that racism was also rampant in the UK. “We need to stand up and speak out, and condemn prejudice towards black people,” he said.
“Whether these are crass comments made on the sports field by uncouth and obnoxious attendees, or words spoken on the wards of our Norfolk hospitals by badly behaving patients waiting for their live-saving treatment from black doctors – racism is unacceptable.”
Pastor Rawls introduced four young people, including a husband from the Surrey Hills and his black wife, who started an online conversation on the theme of racism.
They brought out the way in which black people often feel they need to repackage their behaviour and words so as not to reinforce the stereotype of being aggressive or a threat. They gave the examples of being followed by a security guard in a shop, or stopped and searched by the police, simply because of the colour of their skin.
One even said he felt he had to sit with a certain posture in public, so as not to come across as rude and sassy.
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