Partnership

Bend’s new Human Rights and Equity Commission meets officially for the first time Wednesday.

If the commission is going to matter, if it’s going to make a difference, if it’s going come up with recommendations that reflect the community to improve city goals and policies, it needs the community to get involved.

This first meeting is, well, probably not going to be terribly exciting. It’s more about setting up the rules for how the committee will operate. City staff also must ensure the people appointed to the commission understand Oregon’s laws about open meetings and open records. First things, first.

But there could be beginnings of discussions about what issues or priorities the commission will or should take on to improve diversity, equity and inclusion.

The commission was established to advise the Bend City Council on an action plan and provide input to the city on goals and policies. It’s also supposed to work with other groups and individuals. And it is going to be a place where people who can go to find resolution and assistance for complaints regarding discrimination. The commission does not have the authority “to compel participation, require specific actions, or impose economic sanctions or other penalties.”

What are some issues that the commission should take on and what should it prioritize? The commission can make lots of recommendations. To create any real change would take a community effort.

More information about the commission is available at tinyurl.com/BendHREC.

(10) comments

Skittish

The problem I have with this supposed "human rights" commission is that it is supposedly solving purely subjective perceptions with a racial lens, where everything negatively involving the dark end of the skin tone spectrum is presumed to be discriminatory. This is the embodiment of racism. There is no objective evidence of systemic racism and by virtue of the fact that there are already so many anti-discrimination laws and affirmative action (yet the black community still can't succeed as a whole), I would argue that there isn't any systemic racism, based on evidence and analysis, not assumptions, subjectivity and feelings. Systemic racism is something that only Don Quixote would love to hate, or if not him, then race hustlers. I would suggest we change the name to the "Everything is racist" commission.

What is the reasoning this commission make it more likely employers will want to hire anyone who could have an extra avenue to complain? Is this not an example of special privilege the majority doesn't have? What measurements or metrics are going to be used to see if it is working, or worse, failing to make things better? If it fails, will it then not seek to have punitive powers? Frankly, this commission will overlay all interracial interactions with an acute awareness of race, which seems to tilt us all more towards racism. Do all of those on the dark end of the skin tone spectrum support this commission (I doubt they all do)? Good job city of bend.

91184

Do you think Human Rights and Equity are only about race-related issues? There are many forms of discrimination that could potentially affect people in our community.

You seem to be obsessed with the idea of pointing out everyone else's racism except for your own. Perhaps you should get involved with the committee and see for yourself the types of issues real people face every day.

BuckeyeDuck

Well said.

Skittish

I must humbly admit that Booker T. Washington, Thomas Sowell, John Mcwhorter, and Coleman Hughes have said it much better than I. perhaps if you gave this list of intellectuals a listen, your perspective may broaden. Or is the race hustle too good of a gig to give up?

Skittish

As I recall from previous editorials or stories on this commission, it is designed for minorities only. So far as being obsessed pointing out everyones racism except my own, that is your perspective, but is the opposite point I am making. I am attempting to point out that to the degree we make everything about race, we are only going to increase racism among all groups: my advice to us all is to be less racist and am not calling anyone racist. This committee, while superficially well intentioned is going to achieve the obverse of its purported goals.

In 1911, Booker T. Washington wrote:

There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.

Skittish

As I recall from previous editorials or stories on this commission, it is designed for minorities only. So far as being obsessed pointing out everyones racism except my own, that is your perspective, but is the opposite point I am making. I am attempting to point out that to the degree we make everything about race, we are only going to increase racism among all groups: my advice to us all is to be less racist and am not calling anyone racist. This committee, while superficially well intentioned is going to achieve the obverse of its purported goals.

In 1911 Booker Washington wrote: There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.

BuckeyeDuck

I would argue that based on previous comments on race by you, and this one, you don't know your patoot from a hole in the ground. Or, in other words, your comment is just another blivet by the pro racist crowd trying to sound reasonable.

Skittish

Of course I am "racist" as I probably have lighter skin tone than you and therefore I am blind to racism as my skin tone won't let me see it. So if someone is darker than you, does that make you a racist? The term racist has lost its sting by its gross overuse.

Also, you never give me credit for not using childish language and name calling - C'mon man!!

BuckeyeDuck

Sure, sure Skittish. You would probably deny the Holocaust happened. You bloviate a lot on the subject of race. Still don't get it do you.

Skittish

It doesn't matter to me, but that "pro racist crowd" you are referring to and that I referenced in another post is composed of multiple intellectuals who identify as black. Can't you see the problem here with labelling everyone you disagree with as racist? This just goes to provide evidence that skin tone doesn't equate to intellect, kind of like Lebron James not caring about blacks killing blacks, just white officers killing blacks.

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