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ANTI-RACISM PLEDGE

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  2. CHELMSFORD DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION COMMITTEE ANTI-RACISM PLEDGE

    I, DO HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE MY RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST RACISM, DISCRIMINATION AND HATRED.

  3. Mindful of the continuing affliction of institutional and structural racism and discrimination as well as the daily realities of all forms of bias, prejudice and bigotry in my own life, my family, my circle of friends, my co-workers and the society in which I live, with conviction and hope: I take this pledge, fully aware that the struggle to eliminate racism and discrimination will not end with a mere pledge, but with an ongoing transformation within myself and the institutions and structures of our society.
  4. I pledge to look deeply and continuously in my heart and in my mind to identify all signs and vestiges of racism; to rebuke the use of racist language and behavior towards others; to root out such racism in my daily life and in my encounters with persons I know and with strangers I do not know; and to expand my consciousness to be more aware and sensitive to my use of overt and subtle expressions of racism and racial stereotypes.
  5. I pledge to educate myself on racial justice issues and share what I learn in my own community, even if it means challenging my family, my partner, my children, my friends, my co-workers and those I encounter on a daily basis.
  6. I pledge, to work actively to support public policy solutions that prominently, openly and enthusiastically promote racial equity in all aspects of human affairs; and to actively support organizations working to eradicate racism from our society.
  7. NOW, THEREFORE, I promise to
    • Condemn and stand against racism, discrimination, and hatred, and
  8. • Better understand and acknowledge those privileges I enjoy while others do not, simply because of my heritage, background, and experiences, and
  9. • Listen and learn about how I can do better to embrace, support, and lift up people who are discriminated against and marginalized, and
  10. • Promote and embrace diversity, equity, inclusiveness, and justice to foster a sense of safety, security, trust and mutual respect for all.
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