Holy Trinity stands with the family of Michael Brown and the people of Ferguson.
August 23, 2014
Rev. Gilbert's Speech in Washington, D.C.
-We stand tonight to demand justice for the death of Michael Brown.
-We stand tonight to demand the arrest of Over-Seer Darren Wilson
-We stand tonight to demand that a federal task force be created to take action against the de mili tization of neighborhood policing in America.
-We stand tonight to demand that police officers wear video cameras on the person at all times.
-We stand tonight to tell America its time to end institutional racism now.
The death and the treatment of Michael Brown is not an isolated case in America. For the Black man, the treatment of Michael Brown, by police over-seers across these United States is the norm. For there is study that shows every 28 hours a black person is killed by the police.
And so we stand tonight to tell tha racist officer in the big city and the small town - no more!
No more to killing our children
No more to beating our fathers
No more to man handling our women
We say No More!
Now some say we are not patriotic because we are standing up to the police and America. I say to these mis-directed individuals that we support the officer who serves the people, but not the over-seer who stand over. We support the officers who protect us, but the over-seers who targets us just for being black. We support the officers who attempts to build relationships with us, but not the over-seers who sees us as animals that need to be locked up in a cage.
Finally we say to America, you should be afraid. You have awakened your worst nightmare. You have awakened the hip hop generation. You have awakened the boys in the hood. And unless you repent from your sins, unless you remove the barriers of your systematic racial injustices you will fall a great fall. America you must change your ways. For the Bible says, " righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people."
You may have knocked us down, but you haven't knocked us out.
We will keep marching. We will keep fighting. We will stay the course. And remember weeping may endure for a night but Joy will come in the morning light.