Everett’s Strength Lies in the Diversity of Its Population

By EHCC

The Everett Haitian Community Center (EHCC) has been made aware of the sharing of memes featuring racial epithets that were shared by a member of the Everett City Council. The news is disappointing and hurtful to the core. Subsequently, EHCC spoke with leaders to understand the context, intent, and discuss further the impacting effects, roads to healing the wounds, accountability and repairing trust. 

As an organization that has been an advocate for marginalized communities across Everett for over seven years, EHCC condemns such actions and believes that one cannot stand on the sidelines when people are profoundly hurt. 

Everett’s strength lies in the diversity of its population.

Over two-thirds of Everett’s population is of color, and as such our leaders have a responsibility to conduct themselves in the best interest of their constituents and to lead by example in promoting equality, equity, and to be vocally anti-racist. Leaders not only need to be held accountable for their actions, whether intentional or not, but should also take the steps to learn about the traumatic impact of racist language and acts that reflect racism as they are traumatizing and dehumanizing. This accountability must result in more than an expression of regret but also a commitment to get educated on the impacts of racism.

EHCC unequivocally calls for action to ensure that symbols of hate in any form has no home in Everett. Our hope is that this incident serves as catalyst for change and a wake-up call for self reflection on the use of racially insensitive language in private and in public conversations. 

For any individuals in need of support, EHCC is there for you.

The Everett Haitian Community Center  is located at 427 A Broadway in Everett.

The Everett Haitian Community Center (EHCC) has been made aware of the sharing of memes featuring racial epithets that were shared by a member of the Everett City Council. The news is disappointing and hurtful to the core. Subsequently, EHCC spoke with leaders to understand the context, intent, and discuss further the impacting effects, roads to healing the wounds, accountability and repairing trust. 

As an organization that has been an advocate for marginalized communities across Everett for over seven years, EHCC condemns such actions and believes that one cannot stand on the sidelines when people are profoundly hurt. 

Everett’s strength lies in the diversity of its population.

Over two-thirds of Everett’s population is of color, and as such our leaders have a responsibility to conduct themselves in the best interest of their constituents and to lead by example in promoting equality, equity, and to be vocally anti-racist. Leaders not only need to be held accountable for their actions, whether intentional or not, but should also take the steps to learn about the traumatic impact of racist language and acts that reflect racism as they are traumatizing and dehumanizing. This accountability must result in more than an expression of regret but also a commitment to get educated on the impacts of racism.

EHCC unequivocally calls for action to ensure that symbols of hate in any form has no home in Everett. Our hope is that this incident serves as catalyst for change and a wake-up call for self reflection on the use of racially insensitive language in private and in public conversations. 

For any individuals in need of support, EHCC is there for you.

The Everett Haitian Community Center  is located at 427 A Broadway in Everett.

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