Item No. 5 - Resolution Condemning Racism and Hate
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In the past three weeks, I’ve read multiple comments in the Nextdoor app for our neighborhood where people say they aren’t racist while their comments reflect that they aren’t aware of their unconscious racism. I also wanted to believe I wasn't racist. These last weeks have brought an awareness to me that we all naturally have biases and to live peacefully with our neighbors, we need to understand and acknowledge these biases.
The statement made by the City Council tonight is deeply appreciated.
I request that the city continues their work by providing unconscious bias training to all city officials.
Offering this training to city officials will help to ensure that the policies they create do not unintentionally negatively impact a particular group. This could help save Wheat Ridge residence from unintended hardship and it could save the city from future legal fees.
It would also allow the city to put energy and awareness into creating policies and events that promote diversity and inclusivity. These actions have the potential to decrease racism among residents.
I want to live in a city where every person is treated with respect and dignity and being aware of our biases is one step towards getting there.
For reference, here is a link to an article written by Rita Soler Ossolinski, the program director of the National League of Cities’ Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL) department.
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