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WATCH: Bishop Rose addresses Black Lives Matter protest in Canterbury

by Cara Bentley

The former chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons has spoken at a Black Lives Matter march, saying: "We are going to be the change" and that if she was a singer she would sing Aretha Franklin's R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Now Bishop of Dover, Rt Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin spoke at the march in Canterbury on Saturday, saying: "Let's together, in harmony, make the change that needs to happen. And if there is anyone where in this crowd who has any idea of anything else, please, I'm telling you, that takes away from what we are wanting to achieve. So let's work together - I am with you!

"I see some of your plaques - 'Racism is a pandemic'- it is a pandemic and we have been dying, we have been dying in so many ways. And we have been dying in a way that, slowly, has also killed the next generation. You can put a stop to it, we can put a stop to it, so please let's do that. And let's go peacefully. Let's not find somebody else to blame. When we go from here, we go from here with the kind of commitment that says, 'We are going to be the change that we want to see!' Don't push on somebody else. We are going to be the change, we are going to start the change. We are going to be that change. God bless you! Peace be with you!"

 

 

Bishop Rose was accompanied by the Dean of Canterbury, the Very Revd Dr Robert Willis, and the Archdeacon of Canterbury, the Ven Jo Kelly-Moore. 

Bishop Rose spoke about her faith in her speech, telling the crowd: "You can see from my garb that I'm a woman of faith. And I can tell you that my faith is not just about kneeling in prayer. I pray all the time, but actually my faith teaches me that God created all humans. It also teaches me that God is interested in our lives, he is interested in whether or not there is justice, whether or not there is fairness, whether or not we look after those who are most vulnerable in society."

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