Fredericksburg Vice Mayor Chuck Frye Jr. mentioned the town has at all times been open to progressing in relation to race relations. However Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw mentioned the mission has come into sharper focus up to now yr.
Greenlaw famous that for the reason that protest motion, the town created a Range, Fairness, and Financial Development Officer place and made a concerted effort to inform extra Black historical past.
“We’ve taken a have a look at how we do issues and are actually attempting to do what we have to do to make our metropolis extra inclusive,” Greenlaw mentioned. “We’re taking a look at, ‘Are we doing issues pretty and what can we do to make it possible for we do?’ That, to me, has been a constructive that has come out of all of this. We’re not in the identical place immediately that we had been a yr in the past.”
SYMBOLS CAME DOWN
Frye, the lone Black consultant on Fredericksburg’s Metropolis Council, mentioned he’s pleased with what has been completed, and that he believes the town has been the chief within the area on racial fairness points.
The encircling counties have made strides, as properly. Nonetheless, activists in these areas mentioned battles are nonetheless ongoing.
Gary Holland, a pastor who lives in Stafford, lamented that after the Accomplice flag was eliminated and the Board of Supervisors established the range coalition, the county has regressed, in his opinion.