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I want to state unequivocally, and as a City Council member, that I am against all forms of bullying and racism. I am against all supremacist groups, hate groups and any individuals that indulge them. As mayor pro-tem, I am working with many segments of our community to end these despicable practices.

One cannot look at the history of our country without regrettably acknowledging that slavery was an unfortunate part of its beginning. Generations of African Americans have been severely impacted by the racism spawned by slavery. It’s precisely racism that has disadvantaged African Americans, limiting their access to education and economic opportunities provided to the rest of Americans.

In my lifetime I have seen significant progress made in both those areas, but it’s still not enough. We can and need to do more. And it all starts with ending racism.

The cry against the evils of racism are now heard throughout our country. It has reached the point of one of the most impactful movements in our country’s history.

I understand that the focal point today has to do with Black interactions with police. The death of George Floyd and others were tragic and needless violations of human rights and disrespectful policing. Those found to be guilty must be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

But this is a movement beyond just confrontations with police. This is a movement for the hearts and souls of Americans of all kinds.

Do we in fact want a country where all men (people) are created equal? Do we want a country where there is opportunity for all? Do we want a country where our kids and grandkids can learn together and play together without the fear of bullying and racist acts? Of course we do.

To have that country we must be vigilant. And vigilance starts with a look into the mirror. Let us each look and ask if what we think, feel and do combats racism or promotes it.

Did we tell a tasteless joke? Did we judge people on the basis of their color? Did we tolerate others when they said racist things?

We must change our paradigm and the way we think. It’s not enough for us to avoid being racists. We must become warriors against racism and combat it wherever it rears its ugly head.

How do we know if our behavior is racist? Beyond the obvious, we need to ask those most impacted by racism. We need to reach out to them and commence a dialog where we listen and learn from them. We don’t determine what is racist, they do, because they are the ones who are most hurt by racism.

How about each of us start by taking a personal oath, one that we commit not just to others, but to ourselves: “I will not think, feel or do racist things nor tolerate those that do.”

That would be a good first step toward ending racism as we know it.

 

Councilman Bill Miranda is mayor pro-tem of the city of Santa Clarita.

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  1. Jim Shorts says:

    Bill, YOU are primarily the problem here. You believe in and perpetuate the myth of systemic racism. If we are such a racist city/nation then why were you elected? Were you here in 2008 when our citizens elected a black president? Were you calling out for the end of racism then? I’m guessing you were not.

    You call for us to take an oath? Most of us have already done that, to God and country, both of which clearly address racism from every different possible angle. Do we need a new oath now, one that is dictated by how ‘others feel and what they perceive as truth’ in your words. If that is the case then let’s just abandon the constitution, pledge of allegiance and the Bible. Let’s just make truths and oaths and pledges based on how everyone feels at that particular moment in time. And what if one group feels there is racism and one does not? Who decides what is and isn’t racism? Who decides when it completely ended and what are the criteria? It’s a rabbit hole I hope we don’t even think about going down.

    Maybe you should stop telling people to look in the mirror and start telling everyone that our nations’ founding documents and our Christian roots are where they should be looking for guidance and leave it at that.

  2. Betty Arenson says:

    Jim Shorts…Yes! Further,many SCV citizens are sick and tired of the tunnel vision pandering. There are individuals that can be called out for their racism in every community of every country in the world, however to keep beating the drum and strongly inferring that such aberrations make the SCV community racist is disgusting and more that wrong.
    There are biases on every topic one could name but that’s human nature. There are also perceived biases. For example, reading/perceiboing a situation a certain way or being unable to accept some valid criticism does not translate to “racism”….the omnipresent, old and tire,overused default word. Our city leaders need to buck up and promote the goodness of our city and not fall into the national nonsense that America is a terrible place and that MUST include Santa Clarita.

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