Some city leaders said the initiative would address inequalities that have negatively and historically affected low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.
Dallas – City leaders in Dallas officially adopted a new racial equity scheme, The plan is designed to help level the playing field in communities across the city.
During a meeting on Wednesday, members of the city council voted to approve the initiative. While some residents believe the plan is long overdue, there are others who believe that the city and community need more time to incorporate the perspective of more residents, especially those who have faced racial disparities. has experienced.
Many neighbors in Dallas have long spoken about perceptions of the rich and the disadvantaged, and the north-south racial and economic divide.
This has long been the case for West Dallas residents such as Devonold Moffitt and Rayla Boyd.
“If you drive around our neighborhood, you can tell that some things haven’t been done in a long time,” Boyd said.
The neighbors have been residents of the predominantly Black and Hispanic Homestead community of West Dallas for more than six decades. He is among residents who said the area has fought the City of Dallas for issues including better roads and sidewalks, affordable housing and environmental justice, among other issues.
“We need to be where we can be on the same page as North Dallas, Garland, or Richardson or Cedar Hill. You know, we need to be on the same page,” Boyd said.
A racial equity plan is something that some Dallas leaders have been pushing to adopt for more than a year. Some say it will address the inequalities that have negatively and historically affected low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.
“Today we have the opportunity to take the first step in re-establishing trust with communities of color,” said Councilman Casey Thomas.
The Dallas City Council voted on its racial equity plan during a meeting Wednesday that turned controversial at times. North Dallas Councilmember Kara Mendelsohn was the only person to vote against approving the racial equity plan, after a record vote of its 15 members.
“The items that have been talked about in this plan are really basic city functions that we should already be providing. We have these shortcomings City Hall lacks,” Mendelssohn told his aides before the vote.
Some community members also shared comments ahead of the vote. Many of them shared that they would like to see more inclusion of the city’s Spanish-speaking residents, if equity is indeed the city’s goal.
The city of Dallas is expected to host public meetings about the racial equity plan on September 8 and 10. To learn more about the City of Dallas Racial Equity Plan, Click here.