Updated: Apr 12
The City of Richmond needs to stop talking about diversity and start acting with anti-racism and equity policy changes. Creating a diverse and inclusive community is no longer enough. We must create a city that has strong anti-racism policies built into all bureaucracies. Develop dialogues with racialized community members and collect race-based data and an opportunity for safe reporting. Establish an anti-racism committee and invest in programs that supportive victims of race-based crimes. Create and deliver a civic leadership programs aimed at increasing participation in local decision making within underrepresented communities.
In the City of Richmond memo on March 17th, the current anti-racism initiatives are, pink shirt day, rainbow steps and a poster campaign. The Cultural Harmony plan has nothing on anti-racism, we can't be in harmony as a city if we are not acknowledgement the systemic barriers and structural racism people in Richmond face.