Statement from Dr. Allcorn
Dear KCU Students
Dr. King said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” As I reflect on his statement, it convinces me that it is important that I as an individual and KCU as a university take a stand against racial injustice. Please allow me to share the thoughts that are on my heart.
Let me start by condemning the use of excessive force on any individual by law enforcement regardless of the ethnicity of everyone involved. This includes the excessive force used that resulted in the murder of George Floyd. If the excessive force was motivated by racial prejudice, I find that even more profoundly deplorable.
In the exact same line of thinking, I find the attacks on law enforcement and on private citizens in response to his death confusing. It is, in my view, unacceptable to protest the death of one individual by attacking another individual. I would also like to add my voice to those that are condemning the violence and rioting in response to the murder of George Floyd. At the same time, I affirm the importance and role of peaceful protest as a tool for meaningful change.
Scripture clearly teaches that all lives are precious to God and, as his follower, all lives are precious to me. I have found myself sickened that racial prejudice and hate can still be in our world today. I have purposefully spent a lot of time listening over the past few days and I have become convinced that we all need to listen more. Let us commit to listening well to each other and to being a community of reciprocal grace as we regather in August.