How could Hudson’s City Council and Board of Education respond to the tragic racial crimes and injustices that have taken place throughout the United States? What can we do to move forward towards a more just, fair place to live, work, go to school, raise our families and retire?
In recent years many businesses in the community’s private sector — banks, supermarkets, restaurants, pharmacies, retail and social services — have worked continually to include people of color on their payrolls. The post office as well has made great strides to diversify its staff. Is it not time for Hudson’s Board of Education and City Council to work toward genuine diversity?
There are about 470-plus employees working for the public schools with only four or five people of color. The city government likewise with 150-plus employees has only a few people of color. Both the city and the schools historically have hired the best. Some of these employees however, who feel they are token, leave.
Federal and state officials are beginning to seek solutions to these injustices. A possible answer could involve grants justly requiring proof of employee diversity, which presently Hudson does not have.
Needless to say, these grants represent a wide pool of diverse taxpayers, and are crucial to Hudson’s productive school and city operations.
As a nation diversity is who we are. Our young people recently demonstrated that Black lives matter.
Isn’t it time to reinforce what we stand for with action?
Kurt and Margaret Liske, Hudson