Williams Responds To The Announcement Of An NYC Racial Justice Commission

March 23rd, 2021

Press Release

"A comprehensive review of structural inequities and injustices is as critical as it is overdue, and I am hopeful that today's announcement will lead to not only reforming systems, but upending them. Commissions and task forces have mixed results, but are ultimately as strong or effective as they are empowered to be. I have great confidence in many of the individual members selected, and anticipation of the ideas they produce over the next several months. 

"Dismantling systems of structural racism is, clearly, an immense mandate, and as I commend the intention behind creating this commission, I look ahead to its potential recommendations and the courage it will take to enact them- particularly when there are only nine months left in this administration. No matter who the next Mayor is, I intend to be here to make sure that strong, equity-driven proposals are carried out.

"I also continue to believe that we need a codified task force centered on truth and reconciliation in racial injustice, one that lasts beyond one year or administration, and I continue to pursue legislation to that effect."

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