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George Floyd’s Pastor insists ‘the world must master the original sin of racism’

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One year after George Floyd was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, faith groups are considering the lasting impact of the shock and revulsion felt by people round the world when they saw his murder play out on their screens. His friend, Pastor Patrick Ngonwolo, told a Religion Media Centre briefing that the world would have to master the original sin of racism, or it would master us. The panel discussed whether there were signs that this was more than a passing moment of reckoning. Rosie Dawson chaired the discussion with other contributions from Chine McDonald – author of “God is not a white man”; the Rev Cathy Okoronkwo, race adviser to the Bishop of Bristol; Bob Smetiana, correspondent with the Religion News Service; Bishop Mike Royal, a Pentecostal Bishop, speaking for Churches Together in England; and the Rev Dr David Muir, from Roehampton University.

Rosie Dawson hosted this conversation with guests:

  • Chine McDonald – author of “God is not a white man”
  • Rev Cathy Okoronkwo, race adviser to the Bishop of Bristol
  • Bob Smetiana, correspondent with the Religion News Service
  • Bishop Mike Royal, a Pentecostal Bishop, speaking for Churches Together in England
  • Rev Dr David Muir, from Roehampton University

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