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LETTER: NAACP, churches show support for Buffalo victims, their families and community

Posted 5/19/22

As the president of the NAACP Utica — Oneida County and pastor of the Hope Chapel AME Zion Church born and raised in Buffalo, New York, my hometown. There is this sadness that we are in the 21st …

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LETTER: NAACP, churches show support for Buffalo victims, their families and community

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As the president of the NAACP Utica — Oneida County and pastor of the Hope Chapel AME Zion Church born and raised in Buffalo, New York, my hometown.

There is this sadness that we are in the 21st century with parts of humanity that have not evolved passed killing one’s brother. The Biblical narrative of Cain and Abel do still apply: “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” — Genesis 4:6.

It saddens my heart that there are so many people that believe their acceptance comes through the blood of others. The blood still cries out from the ground. Which is why the NAACP Utica — Oneida County stand with our brothers and sisters who will fight for federal gun control, legislation to create real standards for hate speech for 21st century with credible history taught in our schools. The blood of the innocent demands it. With broken hearts we pray and support our sister chapter the NAACP of Buffalo, New York, our sister AME Zion Churches of Buffalo District, the Buffalo community and the families of the innocent lives that have been taken and that condemns hate, White supremacy and terrorism.

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” — James Baldwin.

— Rev. Sharon Baugh, pastor, Hope Chapel AME Zion Church & NAACP president, Utica-Oneida Branch

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