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Livermore subcommittee, working group aim to foster equity and inclusion

Original post made on Nov 25, 2020

The Livermore City Council is working to integrate equity and inclusion into the fabric of the community through its newly formed subcommittee and subsequent working group.

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Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 25, 2020 at 7:31 am

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"Some of the specific project ideas the subgroups have discussed include creating affinity group dialogues geared toward youth and their parents, hosting a workshop focused on affordable housing in Livermore and conducting a communitywide assessment and action project that involves taking inventory of artwork, artifacts and other symbols throughout the city that represent and signify systemic racism as well as the symbols that signify equity and inclusion."

Something else that needs to be discussed - but probably won't be. Those claiming to only want "equity and inclusion" doing what the left wing does to shut down a debate with anyone/about anything - accusing it/them of being "systemically racist". So how many artifacts and symbols in Livermore are now going to have to be torn down for purposes of so called "inclusion"?


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Posted by Trish Munro
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 25, 2020 at 1:20 pm

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@MichaelB,
Here in Livermore, we're working hard to take a broad approach to these issues of Equity and Inclusion. So I appreciate hearing from our neighbors in Pleasanton--we all should be able to learn from each other.
With that in mind, I'm glad of the opportunity to explain the differences between racism, systemic racism, and structural racism.

Racism is a belief that humanity is divided into a hierarchy of different groups based on inherent biological traits and abilities, with some of groups being inherently superior to others.

Structural, systemic, and institutional racism are, the adjectives imply, about the nature of our society writ large: history, laws, rules, and larger cultural assumptions that privilege particular groups. Individuals in those groups may pr may not be aware of that larger context or how it affects them either positively or negatively. Here is a short and simple video on that subject: Web Link.

A person cannot be a "systemic racist," but all of us participate in a society that privileges particular groups and discriminates against others. Doesn't matter what one's individuals beliefs or actions are--the system and society are the water we swim in.

On the other hand, a person can be a racist, although I prefer not to label people, but actions. Flying a Confederate flag, for example, is a racist act. Calling someone the n-word is a racist act. Believing that someone of another race is likely to be less [x] or more [y] is a racist belief.

I hope that helps explain a subject that many find confusing.


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Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 25, 2020 at 5:04 pm

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"On the other hand, a person can be a racist, although I prefer not to label people, but actions. Flying a Confederate flag, for example, is a racist act. Calling someone the n-word is a racist act. Believing that someone of another race is likely to be less [x] or more [y] is a racist belief. "


But actions don't seem to matter anymore, do they? Just being a member of a certain race is enough to get you accused/labeled of being "prejudiced" and "privileged" - and that "justifies" our nation's institutions being torn down and rebuilt into an authoritarian society the political left wants. This is a form of controlling people and is not part of a free society.

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Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 26, 2020 at 5:45 am

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"Structural, systemic, and institutional racism are, the adjectives imply, about the nature of our society writ large: history, laws, rules, and larger cultural assumptions that privilege particular groups. Individuals in those groups may pr may not be aware of that larger context or how it affects them either positively or negatively."


Some of us are indeed aware.

Web Link

"The United States is not institutionally racist. The political system, the criminal-justice system, and academe overflow with political progressives. The notion that they would tolerate racism in their institutions would be laughable if sensible people were encouraged to think about it rather than mindlessly accept it."


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Posted by Doug Mann
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 26, 2020 at 1:53 pm

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I think your explanation of structural racism is about as good as it gets Trish. True, you may find that you need to repeat it over and over again for those in our society who won't accept that the journey of discovery of basic truths is not rooted in some sort conspiratorial attack on their personal rights. Let us hope that the subcommittees are actually effective at their goals. It could be that we have at least one thing that happened in 2020 with which we will be pleased.


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Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 26, 2020 at 3:40 pm

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"True, you may find that you need to repeat it over and over again for those in our society who won't accept that the journey of discovery of basic truths is not rooted in some sort conspiratorial attack on their personal rights."


Not a "conspiracy". I suggest you begin a "journey" of your own to discover those that exercise their freedom of expression regarding BLM (which has been the catalyst for recent equity and inclusion efforts)- and what happened afterward.


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