FCNL released the following statement:
Against the backdrop of the 60th anniversary March on Washington, the violent realities of white supremacy that pervade our communities are a sobering reminder of the work yet to be done. On August 26, 2023, a gunman took the lives of three Black people in a racist attack in Jacksonville, FL. He then took his own life.
We also recognize and affirm that thoughts and prayers do not atone for inaction—not on racism, not on white supremacy, and not on gun violence.
FCNL holds their communities and families in the Light as they grieve this horrific loss. We also recognize and affirm that thoughts and prayers do not atone for inaction—not on racism, not on white supremacy, and not on gun violence.
Referencing an African Proverb, the late Congressman John Lewis often encouraged: “When you pray, move your feet.” FCNL remains committed to exposing and dismantling the violence and racism that too often falls on Black communities.
We condemn racism and white supremacy in all forms and believe their dismantling is critical to making our communities safer and strengthening our democracy.