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Racial Equity Resources

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The City of Roswell's Resolution Condemning Racism

Roswell Mayor Lori Henry and the City Council unanimously approved a "Resolution Condemning Racism" at the Mayor and City Council meeting on Monday, June 22, 2020. The resolution articulates a public commitment to fight for racial justice and human and civil rights for all.

Read the Resolution

 

 

Roswell's Pledge to Stand Against Racism

This public pledge was taken by Mayor, City Council, community leaders, and members of the public at the Solidarity Rally at Roswell City Hall on Saturday, June 20, 2020.

I believe every person has worth and is entitled to dignity, respect, and equal treatment regardless of race, color or ethnicity.

I believe every thought and act of racial prejudice is harmful to our community, state, and country.

I pledge to look deeply and continuously into my heart and mind to identify all signs of racism.

I pledge to leverage my voice, my access and all my ability to make the lives of victims of racism better in my workplace, my community and my world.

I pledge to speak up for those who are mistreated and/or affected by racism anywhere that I may encounter it.

I pledge to protect and defend those who have been weakened and mistreated by racial injustice and inequality.

I pledge to support and enhance the financial and educational development of those who are racially and socially oppressed and/or marginalized.

I pledge to expand my consciousness to be more aware and sensitive to my use of overt and subtle expressions of racism and racial stereotypes.

I pledge to educate myself on racial justice issues and share what I learn in my own community.

I pledge to hold my local and nationally elected officials accountable to support solutions that protect and promote the causes of racial equality.

I pledge to foster healthy and intentional relationships with those who are of a different race and socioeconomic status than myself, and seek ways to enhance and better their quality of life.

I pledge to honor this pledge daily, knowing that the world will be a better place because of my effort.

 

Resources to Learn More

Please Note: This is not an exhaustive list of the information available on the topics of race and equity. As a government entity, the City of Roswell is providing this list of resources for the purposes of education and understanding within our community. The City government has no monetary ties to these media, nor do they necessarily reflect the formal policy of the City or the individual opinions of its staff.

Documentaries

1. "13th" by Ava Du Vernay (Netflix, YouTube)
2. "The Talk: Race in America" (PBS.org)
3. "Race Matters: America in Crisis" (PBS.org )
4. "The Way They See Us" by Ava Du Vernay (Netflix)
5. "I Am Not Your Negro" by James Baldwin (YouTube)
6. "Crime + Punishment" (HULU) 

Children’s Books

1. The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
2. Sesame Street: We're Different, We're the Same by Bobbi Jane Kates
3. Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard*
4. A Kid's Book About Racism by Jelani Memory
5. The Skin I’m In: A First Look at Racism by Pat Thomas
6. Daddy, Why Am I Brown?: A healthy conversation about skin color and family by Bedford F. Palmer*

For Teens

1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas *
2. We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson *
3. Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson *
4. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi *
5. This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work by Tiffany Jewell and Aurelia Durand*
6. "Dear White People" by Justin Simien (TV Series)

Books on Race and Equity

1. How to Be an Antiracist- by Ibram X. Kendi *
2. Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt *
3. Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey*
4. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates *

*These books are available in digital form (ex. Audiobooks, Kindle etc.)


More Important Steps

As a citizen, you play an active role in helping to make legislative and policy changes in your community. Two things you can do immediately to ensure you are able to be part of the process is to register to vote (or help someone else register) and respond to the 2020 Census, the results of which will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade.

Register to Vote

Respond to the 2020 Census