Anti racist statement09/06/20
A TRIO of leading city councillors have condemned recent vandalism to a local mural highlighting the death of George Floyd and backed Black Lives Matter.
John Alexander leader of Dundee City Council said: “Let us be absolutely clear that Dundee City Council stands against racism in the city, in Scotland and across the world.
“We do not pretend that there is not a problem here and an act of aggression and ignorance towards an artistic response to a global crisis unfortunately illustrates that point perfectly.
“Like everyone else I have seen these things on social media, on the TV and in the news, but acts like this one in the Hilltown bring it right to our doorsteps with an impact on us.”
Cllr Kevin Cordell convener of Dundee City Council’s community safety and public protection committee added: “The direct action taken by the people of Dundee to redress the damage to the mural and make their voices heard is commendable but the bigger question for all of us now becomes what are we going to do about it?
“We need to be clear and concise about the specifics of what is wrong, what needs to change and in what ways we will do something.”
Cllr Lynne Short the council’s equalities spokesperson said: “We stand with black and minority ethnic communities and we want to listen to what should be done to root out the evil of racism once and for all.
“It has no place in Dundee, no place in Scotland and no place in a world where hundreds of thousands of people are putting themselves on the line during a pandemic to say ‘enough is enough’ and it is time for fundamental change. We are listening and asking what is needed of us to make the most impact.
“Black Lives Matter in Dundee, the same as they do in Minneapolis, London and everywhere else where the blight of racism must be defeated.”
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