In the founding documents of The United Methodist Church (formed in 1968 in a merger between The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren), there is a statement on racial justice that states clearly our commitment to stand against racism. This is Article 5 of the Constitution found in The United Methodist Book of Discipline.
The United Methodist Church proclaims the value of each person as a unique child of God and commits itself to the healing and wholeness of all persons. The United Methodist Church recognizes that the sin of racism has been destructive to its unity throughout its history. Racism continues to cause painful division and marginalization. The United Methodist Church shall confront and seek to eliminate racism, whether in organizations or in individuals, in every facet of its life and in society at large. The United Methodist Church shall work collaboratively with others to address concerns that threaten the cause of racial justice at all times and in all places.