Medford Mayor and City Council Denounce Systemic Racism
Mayor Wheeler read the below statement at the City Council meeting on Thursday, June 19, 2020:
In light of the reprehensible actions demonstrated across the country, we feel it is imperative to denounce systemic racism and express our support for our citizens of color. We see you, we value you, and we stand with you.
These horrific events and their aftermath, as demonstrated by protests and demonstrations across the nation, cause us to consider the difficult realities we face as we strive to break down racial inequities and economic division in the United States.
As a Council, we stand in solidarity with those who hold the values of equality and compassion in high regard, and we recognize this moment as a critical time for reflection and discourse about how to further promote these values.
We are grateful to our Police Department and Police Chief Clauson for the respect and professional decorum with which they carry out their work of protecting our city. The kind of inhumane behavior demonstrated by officers across the country has no place in any police department, and is not tolerated under any circumstances in the City of Medford.
We pledge our commitment to eliminate the systems, programs, policies, and practices that disproportionally harm those who are Black, and other people of color who have been historically marginalized.
And we commit to increase our efforts to identify and eliminate racism in city structures and practices, to work toward the elimination of institutional racism in our community, and to improve the lived experiences of all people of color through our actions and leadership.
Gary H. Wheeler