Two English bishops say they “stand in solidarity” with anti-racism protests in the United States, declaring that “racism is an evil which must be opposed.”

In a June 3 statement, Bishops Declan Lang of Clifton and Auxiliary Bishop Paul McAleenan of Westminster said the death of George Floyd also highlighted “systemic racism” in British society. They also suggested such racism might help explain the disproportionate number of black, Asian and minority ethnic people who have died in the UK from COVID-19 since March.

“We stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the USA as they challenge the evil of racism and the brutal killing of George Floyd,” said Bishop Lang, chairman of the English and Welsh bishops’ Department for International Affairs, and Bishop McAleenan, the lead bishop for racial justice.

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