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WHEREAS, racial divisiveness in America threatens the very core of our country; and
WHEREAS, we understand and recognize that there is a racial divide in our country and we must all work earnestly to heal the wounds created by racial, ethnic, and religious bias and build an equitable and just society so we may all thrive; and
WHEREAS, we must reckon with the truth of our historical past, as well as our explicit and implicit contribution to the institution of American slavery and the subsequent racial inequity of today; and
WHEREAS, is it every individual’s responsibility to advance racial equity and empower the voices and experiences of historically marginalized and underrepresented communities in acknowledgement of truth to promote racial healing and transformation; and
WHEREAS, we must come together and work to intentionally dismantle systems and structures of oppression, so that all residents can equally access and benefit from positive connections and caring environments that are free from prejudice and discrimination; and
WHEREAS, children have the right to be provided every opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive in nurturing environments that do not violate their safety, dignity, and humanity; and
WHEREAS, every Virginia family and child needs a community that is culturally inclusive, responsive, affirming, sustaining, and empowering; and
WHEREAS, each of us has the capability to make a simple positive change within himself or herself that could have a profound effect on an entire society; and
WHEREAS, if we all dedicate ourselves to the principles of truth, racial healing, and transformation, we can all bring about the necessary changes in thinking, behavior, and systems that will propel this country forward as a unified force, and racial biases will become a thing of the past; and
WHEREAS, racial healing is a vital and crucial commitment to the education, social, mental, and overall well-being of our children; and
WHEREAS, Virginia, in conjunction with others throughout the United States of America, acknowledges Tuesday, January 19, 2021, as the “National Day of Racial Healing,” and urges all residents of the Commonwealth to promote racial healing and transformation in the ways that are best suited for them individually, as a means to working together to ensure the best quality of life for every child;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize January 19, 2021 as NATIONAL DAY OF RACIAL HEALING in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.