White Supremacy March in U.S. Yields Fatalities, Injuries
Violence erupted in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend when white nationalists, protesting the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, were met with counter-protests. The tension escalated with racial taunting and acts of violence until police finally dispersed the crowd. A car driven by a white supremacist plowed into a peaceful crowd; 19 were injured, and 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed. Many are calling it an act of domestic terrorism. A police helicopter providing aerial assistance crashed, killing Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen, 48, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates.
God, for an end to the racism plaguing the United States, as well as our churches and our hearts, we pray. Comfort all who mourn these deaths, heal the many who have been injured, and bring hope for those who were terrorized by this blatant display of hate. No part of white supremacy ideas come from you, Lord; set your church on a course to unlearn this evil, to repent of it, and to dismantle it.