By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– This evening, the Apple Valley Town Council adopted a resolution denouncing the recent and tragic events surrounding racial inequality and injustice.
Since the events of May 25, when George Floyd was killed in Minnesota, residents and local students have reached out to Mayor Scott Nassif and Town Council asking the Town to denounce the unjust and immoral actions and to call for racial equality and justice.
Tonight, the Council considered a resolution observing these concerns. The resolution states that the Town of Apple Valley will not be silent about issues that prevent all of its residents from the opportunity to enjoy “A Better Way of Life,” the Town’s motto. The resolution recognizes that “racism and prejudice are not distant memories” and that together we must work toward a solution and that “begins with getting to the root cause of racial injustices and understanding our own accountable actions that have contributed.”
While the Town supports the people’s right to peaceably assemble and protest, the Town does not support civil disturbance or destruction of our businesses or communities.
“Make no mistake, we will not be boxed into an either/or response that so often plagues the conversation on these social issues,” said Mayor Scott Nassif. “We can both support the protests for racial equality and justice and at the same time support and commend our law enforcement professionals who protect and serve our communities with integrity and honor; we can denounce racial inequality and at the same time condemn the extremes of riots and looting and assaults on innocent lives, businesses and properties.”
The Town’s leadership has previously affirmed the Constitutional right of the people to peaceably assemble but has also emphasized that, like all rights, we bear responsibility to ensure that that expression does not infringe upon or harm the rights and property of others.
“I’m proud of our community during this time, especially our youth, for having the courage to voice their concerns and the humility to listen to one another,” added Nassif.
The resolution includes a paraphrase from Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that the ultimate measure of a person is “not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”.
The resolution concludes, “Together we as a community stand for peace, equality and integrity supporting one Nation under God, indivisible with Liberty and Justice for all Americans.”