While the United States has “come a long way” in addressing racism and injustice, much more remains to be accomplished to achieve the dream of “the beloved community” envisioned by the late Rev Martin Luther King Jr, the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops said.
Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles urged the country to overcome still-entrenched racist beliefs and discriminatory practices in a statement released in Washington to mark the annual holiday honouring the civil rights leader, which this year falls on 20th January.
“We have come a long way in our country, but we have not come nearly far enough,” Archbishop Gomez said in the statement issued on 16th January by the USCCB. “Too many hearts and minds are clouded by racist presumptions of privilege and too many injustices in our society are still rooted in racism and discrimination.”
The archbishop lamented that “too many” young African American men are killed across the nation or are “spending their best years behind bars.”
Picture: Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles. (CNS photo/Bob Roller).