STATEMENT FROM SR. ANITA BAIRD
OFFICE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE, ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
Re: Reports of racist slurs by members of Chicago Fire Department
March 18, 2004
The Catholic Church teaches that racism is a sin and in keeping
with the vision of the Archdiocese of Chicago to dismantle racism
and construct socially just patterns of relationship, we join our
voice to that of all the citizens of Chicago who abhor any and all
forms of racism. We are offended and embarrassed by the recent actions
of a few members of the Chicago Fire Department and must not remain
silent in the face of such blatant disrespect and racist actions.
We invite all Catholics and people of good will to stand with us
and speak out against anyone who would attempt to divide our city
and disrespect her citizens by their inflammatory and racist comments
as we work together to build inclusive communities where every human
being is treated with dignity and respect.