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美加州費利蒙台裔市長拒單腳下跪惹議:我只向上帝屈膝

美國非裔男子佛洛伊德之死引爆全美示威抗議,各地也有警員、政治人物和哀悼民眾以單膝下跪來表達這起悲劇的遺憾。日前加州有數百位群眾聚集在佛蒙利市警局外也進行悼念活動,但該巿台裔市長高敘加(Lily Mei),在抗議現場堅持不跪引發爭議。她事後表示,是基督宗教立場才不下跪。

據ABC報導,4日數百位民眾眾集在佛蒙利巿警局(FPD)外,對針佛洛伊德事件,請求改革警方在教育、就業和醫療資金等運作方式,並且要求政治候選人拒絕來自警方組織的捐款。當時高敘加也在場,就被媒體指控在2日的抗議中,拒絕和民眾一起單膝下跪致意,遭到現場群眾對此表達不滿,甚至曲解為不下跪就代表高敍加選擇支持警察那方。

對此高敍加事後在臉書上表示,很感謝佛蒙利巿的居民用和平方式表達訴求,未來也會持續推動改革;而面對外界不下跪質疑她澄清這是基於信仰,「我知道這麼做(下跪)對表達團結和同理很重要,但作為1名基督徒,除了上帝以外,我不會向任何人下跪,你會看見我在教堂下跪,除了禱告之外,你不會看到我在任何場合下跪。」

對此,有網友表示支持高敍加,認為用下跪才是表達對死者的致意,甚至解讀成政治化的語言,最後挑起爭端是相當不理智的行為。「每個人看法不同,不一定要下跪才叫尊敬死者,這種說法太狹隘了。」

最後她希望大家能牢記佛洛伊德留下的影響力,繼續以和平方式進行訴願,直到看到改革出現。據了解,高敍加是來自台灣的第2代移民,於2016年上任加州佛利蒙特巿巿長,是首位女性和華裔的市長。(艾以琳/綜合外電報導)

 

I want to thank all the people that took part in the demonstration today for making their voices heard loudly, while also doing so in a very safe and peaceful way. It was amazing to see such a diverse crowd, both in terms of ethnicity and age, united together to give a common message of hope, change, justice, and peace. However, we cannot let this end up as a one-time protest that will need to recur over and over again in the future because we forget the issue until the next time months or years from now when something else bad happens again. Instead, we need to make sure that we can facilitate real, meaningful change that puts an end to systemic issues that gave rise to what happened to Mr. Floyd. I will do everything in my power to make sure that this happens.

I also wish to thank the Fremont Police Department for doing such a great job today keeping everyone safe while maintaining the right of the people to exercise their free speech.

On a final note, I have been asked why I will not kneel at events like the one from earlier today. Because of my faith, I will never kneel to anyone but God. You will see me kneel in church, but you will not ever see me kneel at any other event except in prayer.

Mayor Lily Mei 發佈於 2020年6月2日 星期二

在愛中竭力追求真理,重視媒體對家庭及年輕人的影響。

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