Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies, wrote an opinion piece picked up by Religion News Service titled “Kneeling to venerate hate: The meaning of a police killing in Minnesota.” In the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, GIlkes wrote, “America needs to understand that when we see a white police officer kneeling on a black body, squeezing the breath of life out of that body, we are witnessing an act of worship. It is an act of worship that honors the demons of racist hate and murder — a form of veneration deeply rooted in the American nightmare that is the underside of the American dream.” 

This piece also appeared in the Christian CenturyUrban Christian News, and Black Christian News.