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George Floyd is the latest in a long line of black people who, in recent years, have died at the hands of the police in America. This has led to a global outcry against racism, demanding fairness and equality in interpersonal relationships. But more than this, justice requires us to root out and re-order any system, structure, or narrative which privileges white people over people of colour and their cultures, norms, and perspectives.

Many consider racism against black people to be an American problem, but Britain’s imperial history has given us our own particular brand. While many white people would publicly denounce overtly racist behaviour, many of our systems are inherently racist and some people remain willing and conscious participants in them.

This article is one in a series (Connecting with Culture) from the the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity.

The Bible Society published this item earlier in the week:

"A picture of the Bible has flashed all around the world. It’s on every news channel and in every newspaper.

As an organisation devoted to distributing and promoting the Bible, we might be expected to be happy about that. But we’re not.

The Bible in question was held by President Trump, who’d taken a short walk from the White House to St John’s Episcopal Church. The area in front of the church had been cleared, by police using teargas, of demonstrators protesting against the killing of George Floyd by a white policeman who knelt on his neck."

To read more about why Christians in the UK are concerned about the president's actions read this Bible Society article.

Mark Woods at the Bible Society writes: "After the Ascension of Jesus, the disciples went into a strange time of waiting. All their old routines had broken down; they knew they had a message to share, but they weren’t sure what it was, and they didn’t know what was going to happen next.

"This Sunday the Church in the West celebrates Pentecost. In Acts 2 we read: ‘they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.' (The Message)

"And the rest is history."

Here are some resources for today ...

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Curious to learn more about Jesus either by yourself or with others? Visit our Personal Study page. Each week we'll be adding some personal study material to go through. It'll include a brief audio message, a short video and a section of your Bible to read. No Bible? Click here for one on our site.

This material is provided by our friends at BibleProject.

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