Washington D.C., Oct 3, 2017 / 14:01 pm
Racism is not going away. Catholics can’t pretend that it will just disappear, the chair of the U.S. bishops’ new anti-racism committee said on Monday.
“The problems of racism are deep and widespread, and will take time to heal,” Bishop George Murry, S.J. of Youngstown, chair of the U.S. bishops’ new Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, told CNA on Monday.
That doesn’t mean Catholics can simply do nothing, he said.
“Racism has been around for a long time. The result of racism is discrimination,” he said. People of all ages and races “have been prevented from a number of opportunities,” he said, like “housing, schooling, job opportunities.”
“Young people are understandably frustrated. We don’t do them a service by not talking about this, by hoping it’ll go away,” Murry said.
“We need to turn to them and say instead of throwing rocks, instead of destroying buildings, and instead of setting cars on fire, let’s sit down and talk about what concrete steps can we take to overcome this problem.”
“Sometimes a person will have problem, a physical problem, a psychological problem, and they ignore it. And they think that 'well, if I don’t do anything about it, it’ll eventually go away'. I think that’s what we have in many of the social situations in our country,” he said.
Murry spoke with CNA at an Oct. 2 gathering of Christian leaders at the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.