CORNWALL — Two events happening in Cornwall to continue the conversation on racial injustice and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Thursday July 9 at 7 p.m., the Mayor of Cornwall, will host a live Zoom on her Facebook page @CornwallBernadette to continue the Black Lives Matter (BML) conversation. After an incredibly successful and well-attended BLM peaceful protest on Saturday June 6, Mayor Clement has invited the organizers of the protest to join her for this important conversation. Also part of the conversation will be a local woman whose daughter faced racism on the school bus. The Mayor and guests will also be joined by the City of Cornwall Police Chief, Dan Aikman, Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MP, Eric Duncan, and MPP, Jim McDonell.
Additionally, a local group has organized a Zoom call for Friday July 10 at 7 p.m. This conversation is titled ‘A spiritual solution to racism and other forms of prejudice?’ and will bring together five friends with a wide range of lived experience to share their views, including their reactions to a video (apparently made shortly after George Floyd’s death on May 25) which shows African-American parents talking to their children about how to react when stopped by the police: https://www.facebook.com/pamela.phoebe.37/videos/249444043048638/
“As a black woman and as the Mayor, it’s incredibly important to me that we deepen this conversation,” Mayor Clement explains. “The Black Lives Matter movement has had a profound impact on people from all backgrounds to examine their own ideas, the communities they live in, and the ways they treat each other. We all have blind spots. What matters most is that we have the uncomfortable and difficult conversations to grow and make positive changes in our lives and communities.”