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Christians urged to sign petition to end racial inequality in the UK

by Kelly Valencia

Church leaders across the UK are encouraging people to sign a petition to end racial inequality.
They are backing a parliamentary petition calling for the government to implement recommendations previously raised to tackle the issue.

The effort is being led by the Baptist Union of Great Britain. In a campaign video, reverends are aiming to attract 100,000 signatures in order for the petition to be debated in parliament.

The video stated: “A group of black leaders from across the country, representing many denominations and none, pulled together by the Baptist Union President looked at ways of showing solidarity against the real injustices experienced by people of colour in our communities. Petitioning the government is one of those ways.”

The campaign video also features the President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, Rev Yinka Oyekan. 

He said: “My appeal to you is to please join with people of faith or no faith. Christians across this nation or people of goodwill want to see this systemic injustice stopped in its tracks and see a fairer treatment of people, of our friends, our neighbours, our family, in our community. Please go and sign the petition now. Let's be part of the change.”

Earlier this month, Labour MP for Battersea, Marsha De Cordova, urged the government to implement a better black history curriculum to fight racism.

She told Premier the government should “look at implementing a race equality strategy” that looks at education as well as “implementing the many recommendations that have already been shared with the government over the past three years."

So far, there are more than 4,000 signatures. The petition will be open to signatories until January 2021.

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