|The Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed January 19, 2021 as the National Day of Racial Healing in Michigan, along with others throughout the United States, according to a statewide press release.
“After the events over the past few weeks, we must take a hard look at the state of rising racial tensions in our country to enact change and begin healing and transformation,” said Whitmer. “We each have a role to play in changing this state and country for the better. So, today I challenge you to leave Michigan a better state than where you found it, and make Michigan a more welcoming place for all.”
“On this day, we encourage Michiganders to examine ways in which they can promote racial healing in our communities,” said Lt. Governor Gilchrist. “This past year has reminded us that racism is not easily removed from our communities, but we must continue to work towards a more just and equitable Michigan. As we look to heal our nation through unity, our opportunity right now as leaders is to respond to this anxiety with action, to address this pain with purpose, and to recognize and restore the respect that all Michiganders deserve.”
Recently, Whitmer made it a priority to ensure that all people had a seat at the table by creating the Black Leadership Council and the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities. The governor also signed an Executive Directive addressing racism as a public health crisis and requiring all state employees to take implicit bias training to understand the unconscious preferences people experience without intentional control and how it can affect others, the press release added.
To view the proclamation, click the link below: