While the NAACP acknowledges and accepts the apology of the Mayor, It is not enough!! Historically we have seen many apologies from individuals who have been caught in the act of violating civil rights issues. The Mayor's statements display his irrational attitude towards our African American community and clearly spell out racism.
Racism is a belief that race is a fundamental determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. Racism is also, the systemic oppression of a racial group to the social, economic, and political advantage of another. This includes political or social systems founded on racism and designed to execute its principles. Racism is more than an ideology. It also involves discriminatory practices and discriminatory effects in the functioning of elements of the social structure, such as institutions like the government
Racism, in all forms, is the under acknowledged human rights problem of our day. Racism is an ever present threat to the lives and rights of members of our community and people all around the world. This is a threat to our communities, Especially our Black communities in need of budgeting dollars to get our kids off the streets and keeping them off the school to prison pipeline. This is a threat to African American Business owners seeking to have a business in our community. This is a threat to the issues facing the African American community that still have yet to be addressed.
The practice of racism is a direct violation of our civil rights. Our Civil rights refer to the basic rights afforded by laws of the government, to every person, regardless of race, nationality, color, gender, age, religion, or disability. This includes equal citizenship, equal protection under the law, and due process.
Our Civil rights should be protected by the government and its elected officials, not violated by them. Our Civil rights are an essential component of democracy. Mayor Duane Parry’s unjust attitude is a direct violation of our civil rights. This violation requires more than an apology and diversity training. This demands hearing the voice of the people. The same people who voted you in, the same people who have the power to get you out.
To ensure the voice of the people in our community has been heard, the NAACP has prepared a survey. We are asking for all city residents to take this survey to ensure their voice is heard on the call for the mayor's resignation and the issue they have yet to address in the African American community. Visit our website www.naacplaportecounty3061.com/take-action/ to complete the survey now.
We are working with the Pastors to ensure that all their members will be able to take this survey over the holiday weekend.