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Antioch Mayor to Host Virtual “Outrage & Outcomes” Community Forum

by ECT

To the Citizens of Antioch:

There are times in the world and nation when we must all stand together. This week is one of those times. We mourn the needless loss of George Floyd. As we focus on the unconscionable actions of the police officers in Minneapolis, we must condemn police brutality and racism in all forms. As we watch the protests, anger and frustration of our fellow citizens, we must acknowledge that these emotions are not new. That they are deeply embedded in the fabric of our country due to a history of racism and bias that has compounded pain over time. We have talked of change but see the repetition of death and hurt that has found no resolution.

I empathize with the suffering of the African American community. I acknowledge that their frustration is real, and I can feel the anguish of another needless death. I am willing to stand in protest of racism and injustice. I am willing to listen and cooperate as we strive toward solutions that will make our community safer for every citizen. We strive to live in a city that is open to everyone, a place that we can truly call home. At this time, we need to do better and we will do better.

I see what a lot of politicians are putting out – more rhetoric about the problem and how we can change. As Antioch’s Mayor, I’m not going to pontificate on the problem nor its solution. Why? Because I don’t believe all of us fully understand the horrors of racism as it is manifested institutionally through systems of disproportionality and exclusion.

Many of us never experienced it, or even worse, some continue to pretend it doesn’t exist. What I do know, is that the anger, frustration and rage in our community is REAL. I am not condoning the use of violence, but we as a community must acknowledge the reality of being marginalized and misunderstood because of skin color. Racism is a cancer that must be properly diagnosed and treated. Failure to do so will result in the demise of us all. Our communities deserve leaders that will stand up and speak out against any form of racism. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”.

So, as your Mayor, I am not stating that I have all the answers but at this time I am willing to advocate. I want you to know that I am here, I stand with, by you and for you, and I’m willing to listen to what you have to say. I want to learn what it is like to walk in your shoes. I embrace you, and want to hear your thoughts on how we can make the city of Antioch a better place. A place that strives for the social, educational and economic equality for every resident. We endeavor to live and labor in a city that looks out for everyone, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, age or your social economic status. I’m hoping that we can begin discussing racism, openly and honestly, together in townhalls across the city. We desire to accomplish this after the Shelter in Place has been rescinded. In the meantime, I welcome your thoughts, your comments, and any and all suggestions on how to move forward with this dialogue. We are ONE Antioch, with common hopes, common dreams, and common desires seeking to arrive at a common destination.

I am available at [email protected] and look forward to your input. Thank you.

Please stay safe.

Mayor Sean Wright
City of Antioch

For those who wish to view the forum: https://www.facebook.com/deltabaycoc/

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Frank Jun 2, 2020 - 8:37 pm

How about what MLK had said about judging a person by the content of their character. A lot of people have put everything in a business and in a matter of minutes these looters and thugs destroy all that they worked for. So I do not care about the color of their skin. See the person for whom they really are.

Fusioner Jun 3, 2020 - 1:17 am

George Floyd was a habitual criminal! Had a long rap sheet! Worked security in a night club and dealt in cocaine. Good riddance! His body was full of fentynal, meth and cocaine according to his autopsies. Look them up. He also suffered from hypertension and heart disease and one coroner wrote, “But he was health.” Duh!

Loretta Sweatt Jun 4, 2020 - 1:56 am

I’m glad someone had the courage to at least mention that!

LoveableCurmudgeon Jun 4, 2020 - 4:13 am

If you knew what you were talking about….alas, you are an uninformed knucklehead. The man was executed, plain and simple, by four men whose sworn duty was to Protect and Serve. Nine minutes of a knee placed on the carotid artery condemned him to death, no matter what his underlying conditions were. And the crime he was allegedl to have committed was definitely not deserving of execution

Pastor Maynard Jun 4, 2020 - 5:34 pm

Fusioner, it honestly sounds like you’ve been a meatpuppet for America’s pasty redneckery for so long you’ve forgotten who’s arm is stuck in your sphincter. Wake up and smell the fact that police will More than often kill innocent people like George Floyd, but nicely walk mass shooters to their patrol cars. If that doesn’t say “racism” then you’re a dimwit.

Claire Jun 3, 2020 - 12:33 pm

The Antioch mayor is full of it No big surprise!

Loretta Sweatt Jun 4, 2020 - 2:02 am

Antioch is a tolerant and caring city who acknowledges everyone and wants everyone to be happy. It is a good city that includes everyone and cares about everyone. Rioters and looters only care about what they like to do best, destroy property and steal good merchandise. It’s their thing. Antioch is the one city that will come through this unscathed because we talk a lot to each other, and like each other. It’s a wonderful city to live in at this time in history.

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