A white pastor from Chicago is getting some attention for a "prayer of repentance" that he uttered at a recent rally — an invocation in which he confessed on behalf of all white people for "devaluing so many black lives."
"God, if I may be so bold as a white male to confess on behalf of my white brethren and sisters for the history we have brought to this moment — it's a history of holding our people, our color, our kind as the epitome of most valuable," prayed Pastor Daniel Hill. "And of devaluing so many other people, of devaluing so many black lives ... we show it in the ways that our systems play out every day in our country."
Hill, pastor of River City Community Church in Chicago, Illinois, mentioned the black individuals who have been "shot down" by police, and repented on behalf of all white individuals in America.
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"We repent of the violent acts done in the name of racism," he said. "We repent of the apathy that has caused so many of us to sit on the sidelines and just watch in a bewildered state."
Hill continued, "We confess to the ways that our white supremacy has affected our judicial system [and police system]."
The pastor appeared on CNN on Tuesday to explain his invocation, telling host Brooke Baldwin that "repentance is the key to God's heart."
"We've got to confess our sins, we've got to acknowledge it, we've got to name it," Hill said.
And when Baldwin asked if the pastor risks painting an entire race of people as racists, he said that his concern isn't with focusing on people, but on systems.
"I'm much more concerned with the systems and structures than I am with individual behavior," Hill said.
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