The Royal Oak City Commission unanimously approved a resolution on June 8 in support of demanding justice for George Floyd, the Minnesota man who died in police custody on May 25.
Here is the entirety of the resolution:
Resolution in Solidarity with Those Demanding Justice for George Floyd and Meaningful Change to Address Structural Inequality and Systemic Racism
Whereas, the people of the city of Royal Oak believe in the innate dignity of all people;and
Whereas, the people of the city of Royal Oak hold steadfast to the belief that we are all created equal, with certain inalienable rights including the right to equal protection under the law; and
Whereas, recent events on the national stage demand that people and communities of conscience speak out in defense of, and reaffirm their commitment to, these most basic values; and
Whereas, the people of the city of Royal Oak recognize that our nation was built on an economy based on the enslavement of Africans and Black Americans, and has yet to heal the scars left by the hypocrisy, brutality, and psychological trauma of that abhorrent institution; and
Whereas, the people of the city of Royal Oak recognize that the racism used to justify and reinforce that perverse system remains a pervasive presence across American culture and permeates our governmental, economic and educational institutions; and
Whereas, the people of the city of Royal Oak recognize that the murder of George Floyd is only the most recent horrific example of the breathtaking injustice which
persists due to our continued failure to address systemic racism in our country; and
Whereas, the people of the city of Royal Oak recognize that across this nation and in our own community, African Americans and many other people of color must persevere daily against the barriers and indignities put upon them by systemic bias and racism; and
Whereas, the people of the city of Royal Oak understand that we have a duty to speak out for the civil rights of all our brothers and sisters; and
Whereas, the people of the city of Royal Oak understand that demanding justice is not an altruistic or sympathetic act, but rather a moral imperative which serves to defend the freedom of all, for as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”; and
Whereas, the people of the city of Royal Oak recognize that the city itself is an institution, that it is imperfect and that we must be conscious and proactive in challenging norms, confronting unjust systems, and seeking to be better every day.
Now, therefore, be it resolved, the city of Royal Oak stands in solidarity with the millions of individuals and conscientious organizations across the nations demanding justice for George Floyd and meaningful action to address structural inequality and systemic racism; and
Be it further resolved, the city of Royal Oak supports and encourages those lifting their voices in peaceful protest and that black lives matter; and
Be it finally resolved, the city of Royal Oak pledges itself to growing stronger as a community by being proactive in seeking to heal the racial scars we have inherited and taking action toward real systemic change.