Commissioners pass Black Lives Matter resolution in Lane County

The Lane County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Posted: Jun 9, 2020 5:26 PM
Updated: Jun 9, 2020 7:13 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- The Lane County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

This comes after public comment and after members of the county's equity and access advisory committee spoke. They all called for the board to take action following almost two weeks of protests across our nation.

The resolution calls on the board of commissioners to recognize that black lives matter. 

It says over the last few weeks we have all seen that police brutality is prevalent in the United States and the board acknowledges that this "continued assault on black people has resulted in the loss of black life for no other reason than racial bias."

The resolution also states that racial profiling and abuse happens here in Lane County.

"This resolution is not the end, it is the beginning," said Mo Young with the Lane County Equity and Access Advisory Committee. "We've talked at length about how there needed to be some sort of accountability."

That accountability includes going out into the community and speaking with employees who are of color about the inequities they've experienced in the workplace and taking the lead on fixing or creating new policies to change that.

County Administrator Steve Mokrohisky said it's time we take the "colorblind" lens and approach these issues head on.

"That is what we are seeing here with this kind of national movement and conversation is a discussion about where inequities continue to exist and what we can, should, and need to do to right those wrongs," he said.

The board will be providing updates on the progress of this resolution intermittently and the equity and access advisory committee will be building performance measures to establish that accountability.

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