City Of Ypsilanti Hopes New Resolution Helps Address Racism

Jun 4, 2020

Ypsilanti’s City Council adopted a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis in the nation.  The city now plans to take certain steps to address the issue locally.  

Among those steps are working with city staff to continue identifying specific activities to further enhance diversity and ensure antiracism principles across city council leadership, staffing and contractors hired by the city.  Mayor Pro-Tem Lois Richardson says in order for this resolution to be effective, honesty will play a major role.

Mayor Pro-Tem Lois Richardson: Be honest with ourselves and admit where we have biases and be willing to bring them out, put them in front of us, look at them, and then to work on them.

The resolution also calls to promote equity through all policies approved by city council and enhance educational efforts aimed at understanding, addressing, and dismantling racism.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu