Due to the efforts of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and others, the civil rights movement resulted in federal and state legislation that led to a steady and systematic decrease in discrimination against Blacks in the U.S. With the election of an African American president in 2008, it seemed that the country had put behind many of the problems of racism.
That giddiness has now worn off as white supremacist and other hate groups proliferated, police brutality became major news, voting rights were challenged, and the list goes on. While options for local government to address these problems are limited, one important first step communities can take is to adopt a firm stand opposing all forms of racism and discrimination.
A group of local citizens met to discuss race-related issues and decided to draft a resolution similar to ones adopted by many other organizations, including cities, states, and the U.S. Congress. This proposed Resolution on Racial Harmony (see below) will be presented to the city and county for adoption. The resolution will be introduced at the Winchester City Commission meeting on Tuesday, June 21, at 4:30 p.m. and to the Clark County Fiscal Court at a later date. I hope WinCity readers will attend in support of these efforts.
Resolution on Racial Harmony
WHEREAS, thousands of Africans and their descendants were enslaved in Winchester
and Clark County from 1775 through 1865;
WHEREAS, in 1860 just prior to the Civil War, forty-two (42) percent of the population
in Clark County was enslaved, and black people were bought and sold at the
Clark County Courthouse;
WHEREAS, following Emancipation, injustices against African Americans continued
with outbreaks of violence, lynchings, racial segregation and discrimination;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Winchester City Commission that
(1) We are committed to the principle that all people are created equal;
(2) We acknowledge the fundamental inhumanity and injustice of slavery and
(3) We regret the wrongs that were committed against African Americans in our
community in the past;
(4) We recognize that much progress toward racial equality has been made in our
(5) We express our continuing opposition to all forms of racial discrimination.