The Fellowship of Reconciliation honors the righteous rage, agony, and despair that has fueled a renewed global uprising against the powers and principalities of racist policing and punishment in recent days. This rebellion, rooted in a deep desire for justice and respect for the inherent human dignity of all persons, has been treated with contempt and fury by the White House. Indeed, rather than seeking to repair and unite, the office of the president has emboldened and escalated repressive policing and poured salt on the festering wound of systemic, institutional violence and racism.
On June 1, 2020 — in the midst of a pandemic that has leftover 100,000 people dead in the United States, and while protests gripped much of the country over the unjust killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Desmond Franklin, Ahmaud Arbery and other Black civilians throughout the nation in recent weeks — .
He then walked across Lafayette Square, opposite the White House, which had been viciously cleared of peaceful protestors by the use of rubber bullets, flash-bang grenades, and tear gas, to the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church for a photo op in which he held up a Bible, like a prop in an absurdist drama of his own making. For an administration well-practiced in the arts of disinformation and dog-whistles intended to inflame its political base, President Trump’s photo op was a sickening new low that further demeaned the office he has spent nearly four years degrading and debasing.