Auburn Seminary Executive Vice President The Rev. John Vaughn Responds To The Police Shooting of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

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July 7, 2016

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Auburn Seminary Executive Vice President The Rev. John Vaughn Responds To The Police Shooting of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

NEW YORK — In the last 48 hours, horrifying videos have once again offered witness to the racial injustice present in our criminal justice system. A 37-year-old father of 5, Alton Sterling was shot by police officers while selling music in Baton Rouge, and 32-year-old Philando Castile was shot by police officers in his car in St. Paul with his young daughter in the back seat.

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“There are no words right now to express the outrage, fatigue, and disbelief of the normalized nature of the killing of black lives,” said the Rev. John Vaughn, Executive Vice President of Auburn Seminary. “The lack of accountability is sickening. As faith-rooted people, inspired by the generations that came before, we can never give up on justice in the face of institutionalized racism.

“People of faith know first hand that God makes a way when there seems to be no way. Even in this moment when I want to retreat, lock the doors and protect my loved ones, I know that God and love are greater than the fear I believe is at the root of these shootings. I refuse to demonize those responsible, even as I commit with all my being to working for just policing policies for all Americans and a more unified nation.”

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