We, the members of the Westhampton Selectboard, are horrified by the recent violent deaths of Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement officials across the country. We recognize that these actions are only the most recent in a long history of violence and are part of the structural racism that has existed in the United States since its foundation. We condemn racism, racial bias, intolerance, and the violence it facilitates.
Therefore, we hereby resolve:
- To identify, through education, conscious and unconscious racial biases that affect our public and personal decision-making processes.
- To work with our Federal and State Legislators, local Municipal Officials, Westhampton Boards, Departments and Residents to examine and challenge societal norms and governmental systems that perpetuate racial inequalities.
- To strive to make Westhampton a welcoming, safe, and inclusive community to all people.
We invite all Westhampton residents to join us in this commitment.
Adopted June 22, 2020, by its Selectboard: