Opinion: Clergy and community leaders call for an end to the violence that killed Sereinat’e Henderson

This is a good sign.  Churches in Berkeley are calling for the end of blacks killing blacks in their community.  Instead of making sure law enforcement does not exist, they want the end of black murders, by black people.  Sadly, a great part of this is because they did not want a police force in town—which has one third fewer officers than just eight years ago—and rules that make the cop the criminal for arresting someone of color.

“On behalf of the Berkeley Black Ecumenical Ministerial Alliance and community members, we extend our deep condolences to the family and loved ones who have needlessly lost Sereinat’e Henderson.

Our hearts are broken and enraged by her death. She is known to many in our congregations and community. This death has deeply wounded our community.

We call out to the young men in our city to cease their lethal conflicts immediately. This is not who we are. All death is tragic and an affront to our people and our values. The death of a young, black woman, carrying another generation of life in her womb is beyond unconscionable. This is a community outrage and we demand all sides of this conflict to engage in an immediate truce and cease from violence, both retaliatory and ongoing.”

Now, will the Alliance speak out against the genocide of black babies in Berkeley by Planned Parenthood?  Then we will know they are serious.

Opinion: Clergy and community leaders call for an end to the violence that killed Sereinat’e Henderson 

The death has deeply wounded the community and its leaders insist that young men in Berkeley cease their lethal conflicts immediately.

By Berkeley Black Ecumenical Ministerial Alliance and members of the community, 10/24/20  

On behalf of the Berkeley Black Ecumenical Ministerial Alliance and community members, we extend our deep condolences to the family and loved ones who have needlessly lost Sereinat’e Henderson.

Our hearts are broken and enraged by her death. She is known to many in our congregations and community. This death has deeply wounded our community.

We call out to the young men in our city to cease their lethal conflicts immediately. This is not who we are. All death is tragic and an affront to our people and our values. The death of a young, black woman, carrying another generation of life in her womb is beyond unconscionable. This is a community outrage and we demand all sides of this conflict to engage in an immediate truce and cease from violence, both retaliatory and ongoing.

BBEMA and community partners are working to bring together families and community members apart from government and law enforcement leaders, who have shown apathy and incompetence to respond to our worst pain and challenges. For years we have called for the implementation of gun violence reduction strategies, to no avail. We renew that call but realize we cannot wait on progressive lawmakers to demonstrate their commitment to address these challenges with integrity and expedience. And that is disappointing.

Together, we can and must intervene. Our collective leadership and unity can provide direction to the city of Berkeley and inform our region for a peaceful way forward grounded in peace, safety and justice. Work with us families. Connect with us young people. The death of  Sereinat’e on the streets of  Berkeley should not have happened. It is on us to ensure no more lives are needlessly lost in the short term or the long term as we mourn and process our deep anger, pain and grief. Let’s heal and solve these problems together. Stay tuned for a city-wide peace effort in the weeks to come.

United for Peace, Justice and Healing.

Pastor Michael McBride, Pastor Michael Smith, Bishop Kelly Woods, Lo Grayson, Todd Walker, Rev. Mary Breland, Rev. Kevin Craddock, Rev. Anthony Hughes, Pastor Brian Hunter, Rev. Ambrose Carroll, Joycelyn Eckels, Dwayne Phillips, Moni Law

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Comments

  1. My comment on this quote “This is not who we are.”

    Unfortunately it is who you are. The Black Community had the option for the past 50 years to turn its back on government handouts (does Johnson’s War on Poverty ring a bell), and he attitude of “woe is me” since we are decedents of slaves is the problem.

    If you had made a serious attempt to join the national Anglo culture this would not be the case half a century later. Black on Black Crime is indeed a crime.

    Does the Mafia and Italian communities come to mind? When they decided to treat the criminals who were Italian as criminals and not give them a pass because of their last name and culture it turned around.

    You now have a choice of rejecting “Gangster Rap,” and accepting the dilution of Black Culture. Without it a century from now it will be the same problem.

  2. Stephen Frank I get really tired of your BS comments about the genocidal Planned Parenthood. How can it be genocide when nobody is forced into a clinic and forced to get an abortion. If more blacks than whites get abortions it would be because they are to stupid to use contraceptives which PP also provides. You manage to put this line in almost every column no matter what the subject. So the more you keep repeating this BS the more you sound like biden saying my son never did anything wrong

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