Pastor Daniel Hill, who is white, offered a prayer on behalf of white people for devaluing black lives, committing racial violence and promoting apathy during a Black Lives Matter rally on Nov. 30 in Chicago (video below).
"God, if may I be so bold as a white male to confess on behalf of my white brethren and sisters," Hill began, according to RawStory.com
"For the history that we have brought to this moment," Hill added. "The history of holding our people, our color, our kind as the epitome of most valuable, and of devaluing so many other people. Of devaluing so many black lives. None of us want to say it out loud, but we show it in the ways that our systems play out every day in our country."
Hill also recalled "the precious blood shed by Rekia Boyd, by Laquan McDonald, by so many whose names are precious to you and we repent.
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"We repent of the violent acts done in the name of racism," he added. "We repent of the apathy that has caused so many of us to sit on the sidelines and just watch in a bewildered state."
Hill, who is a pastor at the River City Community Church, told CNN host Brooke Baldwin on Dec. 1 that he was asked by a group of pastors to do a prayer of repentance during the rally.
The rally was held in protest of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, who posted a $1.5 million bail on Nov. 30 after being charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old McDonald, reports WLWT.
A Chicago police dash cam video released by the city on Nov. 24 showed Van Dyke shooting McDonald 16 times on Oct. 20, 2014, WLWT reported. Van Dyke was charged on Nov. 24. It's not clear how he afforded the $1.5 million bail, or if a third party paid it.
Hill explained Biblical repentance to Baldwin, who asked him, “Do you risk painting an entire race of people as racist?”
"I'm much more concerned with systems and structures than individuals’ behaviors, and I think this is where I get stuck in conversation with a lot of my white friends," Hill replied.
"They’re so eager to show that they’re on the right side of this, and that they avoid anything that could sound politically incorrect or sound racist, and I’m like, ‘Great, I hope you do that. That’s only a small part of what is the problem,'" he added.