The Unitarian Congregation of West Chester condemns the rising tide of hate speech and direct acts of violence against minority populations in our country, which violate the Unitarian Universalist principles of the inherent worth and dignity of all people, and justice, equity and compassion in human relations.

Racism has been part of American society since its founding, through slavery, segregation, mass incarceration and brutality. The impact is evident today in continuing racial disparities in housing, education, health care, the labor market, politics, and criminal and environmental justice.

Our country has arrived at a crucial moment in its history, which offers the opportunity to confront these shameful realities, renew a commitment to racial justice and alleviate racial inequities.

We, the Unitarian Congregation of West Chester, explicitly and publicly pledge to meet this challenge and urge others in our community to join us.