Statement from the Mayor about the death of George Floyd

Published Wednesday, 10 June 2020

As community leaders, we oppose all racism, discrimination and hate and promote equality.

Waverley Borough Council stands alongside those who are appalled and saddened by the loss of George Floyd in Minneapolis, US. His shocking death highlights the injustices endured by black people on a daily basis in America and has also made us face up to the inequalities experienced by black communities here in the UK.

Now is the time to stand with the black community and all those who are racially oppressed - as we always strive to ensure our borough supports and treats everyone fairly, regardless of age, race, gender or sexual orientation.

We are reconfirming our commitment to address inequality and injustice in our own borough. We will consider and reflect on how we can do more to make a difference and will outline what steps we will take towards this shortly. But, in the meantime, let’s start this work today: let’s start by us all committing to actively seeing, listening and educating ourselves on the injustices faced by our black residents, officers and communities across the UK. Let’s be role models in empathy, kindness and standing up for what is right. Let’s use our position and privilege to make this borough a fairer, safer and more equal borough for everyone.

The Mayor of Waverley, Councillor Penny Marriott

 

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