The City of Jackson Human Relations Commission is releasing an anti-racism statement. The statement was confirmed at the commission’s meeting on Wednesday, July 15. This is the full statement:
“We, the members of the City of Jackson Human Relations Commission, categorically condemn racially based prejudice, oppression and violence. Unequivocally, we are committed to fair and transparent treatment and equal justice for all residents of the City of Jackson. We stand with the protesters, a vast majority of Americans, who agree that Black Lives Matter. Justice matters. Fairness matters. Equality under the law matters and transparency matters.
Systemic racism is defined in the United States of America as: systems and structures that have procedures and/or processes that disadvantage African Americans. Recent local and national events have highlighted the continued presence of systemic racism in the United States. It camouflages itself across those procedures and systems within our communities including but not limited to: education, quality health care, the criminal justice system, employment, housing, etc. These systemic issues, have been historically targeted towards the African American community and have made it challenging for African Americans to fully participate in society and the economy.
We, as the City of Jackson Human Relations Commission, stand with all our residents. We are here to promote mutual understanding, dignity, and respect among all racial, religious, and ethnic groups, and work to discourage and prevent discriminatory practices against any such group.
We invite you to contact us with your concerns, ideas, and initiatives and we look forward to continued dialogue and an opportunity to share these collective efforts with you. We are your emissaries in ushering in a more just, compassionate, and equitable City of Jackson.”
Learn more about the Human Relations Commission.