“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” – Reverend, Martin Luther King, Jr.
I join with all those who have condemned and are horrified by the senseless death of George Floyd.
While we watch these events unfold in the United States, we must acknowledge that racism is real – it exists around the world, across Canada and here in Oshawa – and we must all be part of the solution.
As your Mayor, I have spent the past week reflecting on this senseless death, recognizing that many others have lost their lives in similar tragic events.
As leaders and as a community, we must listen to understand and expand our knowledge so we can continue to address the systemic issues of racism and bigotry in our communities.
I have been continuing conversations with leaders in our black community – listening to how we can do better as a community and support those around us who experience discrimination. To community members who are hurting or have experienced racism, we are here for you and we are listening.
Oshawa stands together against violence, racism and bigotry. City Council is committed to being part of the solution, to eliminating systemic barriers in our city, workplace and the greater community and to standing united in the fight against racism.
In the words of Rev. Martin Luther King, “darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.” We must come together to unite against racism and keep the conversation going. We must all be part of the change, let us be the light.