Following the recent tragic shooting of Mr. Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina, Mandisa Thomas—President of Black Nonbelievers, Inc. and coordinator for Atlanta CoR—took time from her family vacation to offer words of communal healing as well as a call-to-reason: “The shooting death of Mr. Scott is reprehensible, and horrifying. Black Nonbelievers, Inc. would like to extend our sincerest condolences during this terrible time, and commend their professionalism with this matter. We also commend the authorities with the North Charleston Police Department for their swift and appropriate actions in firing the officer in question, and placing him under arrest. Hopefully, this is a turning tide with the long and turbulent history of police interaction with the Black community."
Mandisa has also reminded us that such situations are not only in the interests of the African-American community, but that they transcend ALL boundaries of race, colour, geographical region and sincerely-held beliefs, especially for us in the nontheistic community. UnitedCoR holds Mr. Scott’s family with respect as they openly acted with reason and compassion by not blaming all police for the actions of a few, but that their family called on all people to act responsibly and rationally and to not react out of anger.