Letter: Community must address racism

Published: 1/13/2021 12:02:08 AM

Last summer, municipalities, school districts, and organizations in the Concord area made aspirational statements that led many of us to believe (hope) that our community leaders were serious about addressing the systems, policies, practices, and mindsets that create racial injustice in our local community and really hurt us all.

In the last six months, there has been very little movement on these aspirational statements from these community leaders, both paid and elected. I am not sure what provocation is going to move folks in power in Concord, which includes Penacook and the Merrimack Valley School District, to actually do something beyond make statements.

Mayor Bouley, city councilors, Superintendents Murphy and MacLean, and school board members – you need to start working together, publicly and often, to address racial disparity and prejudice in our community. This is your accountability check.

We need community conversations around racism and white supremacy culture. We need outlets for our Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) to express themselves safely, without prejudice. We need cultural competency in our schools and municipal buildings. We need to teach our community the history of our community, and the role BIPOC played in it. We need to teach critical thinking and media literacy, this means adult and youth learners. We need to stop systematically marginalizing community members. We need to not roll our eyes, dismiss uncomfortable subjects, or invalidate feelings.

We need to actually do something, not just make statements. Let’s go.



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