Tutu Foundation backs non-violent protest in wake of George Floyd killing
As protests erupt around the world over the death at the hands of the Minneapolis Police of George Floyd, the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation has linked his slaying to that of Collins Khosa.
Khosa was allegedly beaten to death by members of the South African National Defence Force in Johannesburg in March.
"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor," Archbishop Tutu once said.
It’s a quote that has been used many times in recent days by protestors all over the world as Black Lives Matter Campaign mobilises, saying it’s time for brutal prejudice to end.
Supporting non-violent protest, the Tutu Foundation points out that although Khosa and Floyd technically enjoyed the same constitutional and human rights as their white, wealthy or otherwise-privileged compatriots, the actions of the soldiers and police who punished them reflected the painful truth of seemingly different values that societies place on different lives,”
In a statement the Foundation’s CEO, Piyushi Kotecha, said the tens of thousands of black, white and Latino citizens demonstrating non-violently against racism and injustice on the streets of American cities deserve unequivocal applause.
"Conversely, opportunistic looting and destruction of property witnessed in the US in response to Floyd's death must be unequivocally condemned."
He quoted Martin Luther King who, in a sermon at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in 1956, said: "If peace means a willingness to be exploited economically, dominated politically, humiliated and segregated, I don't want peace. In a passive non-violent manner we must revolt against this peace. Jesus says in substance, I will not be content until justice, goodwill, brotherhood, love, yes, the kingdom of God are established upon the earth. This is real peace. Peace is the presence of positive good."