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“The only way to undo racism is to constantly identify it and describe it – and then dismantle it” – Ibram X. Kendi

Hoover-AHEAD Statement on George Floyd killing by Minnesota police officer

As did much of the nation and the world, we witnessed in horror the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man pinned to the ground by the knee of white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin while two other officers assisted in restraining him. A fourth officer stood by but did not intervene.

The incident captured on video stunned, shocked and enraged millions who watched Floyd’s life ebb away amid bystanders’ pleas for restraint by police and Floyd’s own “I can’t breathe” faint cry. Floyd’s death sparked massive demonstrations throughout the nation and the world and, unfortunately, looting
and rioting by those who had intentions other than peaceful protest.

As an organization committed to celebrating diversity and promoting racial equity and inclusion, Hoover-AHEAD joins the chorus of voices decrying racial injustice whether perpetrated by civil authorities, societal institutions or private citizens.
We grieve with Floyd’s family, friends and all wounded by this tragedy whether these wounds are emotional, mental, social, spiritual or to the public’s faith in the very institution sworn to protect and serve us and our communities.

We sympathize with the outrage of yet another law enforcement officer abusing the authority entrusted to him by the citizenry and the state and join those calling for justice to prevail through the legal process.

We acknowledge the pain this incident has caused the black community and the fear and mistrust it continues to foster towards law enforcement.

We recognize the burden this incident has placed on the shoulders of the many law enforcement officers who serve with honor, respect and dignity and who keep our communities safe.

We are encouraged that Americans of all races, ethnicities and nationalities have joined together to peacefully condemn the senseless death of Floyd and to advocate wholesale changes to address the issue of police brutality whether through policing policies on the local level or federal legislation that makes it easier to prosecute police who abuse the public’s trust.

And we recommit ourselves to support programs, events and dialogue that promote racial understandings and remove barriers that lead to suspicion and mistrust and cause us to ignore the concerns of our neighbors.

Sincerely,
Hoover-AHEAD

Our Mission

Hoover-AHEAD is a group comprised of Hoover residents and stakeholders committed to celebrating diversity and promoting racial equity and inclusion within our city.

Our Objectives

Educate interested community members about diversity, equity, and inclusion  

Communicate diversity-related information and data to stakeholders in our community

Promote and enrich cultural events that are consistent with our mission 

How You Can Get Involved

We encourage any Hoover stakeholder (resident, business owner, educator) interested in learning more about service opportunities to contact us at HooverAHEAD@gmail.com

Stand with us to move Hoover-AHEAD

Hoover-AHEAD is on a mission to celebrate diversity and promote equity and inclusion throughout our city.

STAND WITH US PLEDGE

  • I pledge to be open to an ongoing transformation within myself and the institutions and structures of our community.  
  • I will refrain from the use of negative, intolerant, and insensitive language and behavior towards others.
  • I pledge to be open to educating myself on ethnic and racial diversity, equity, and inclusion and share what I learn in my own community.

 

*This pledge has been adapted by YWCA USA from the Pledge to Eliminate Racism in My Life, YWCA Bergen County which is an adaptation of the Pledge to Heal Racism in My Life, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, April 10, 2006.

 

For Hoover Residents Only

COMMUNITY DIVERSITY SURVEY 

If you are a Hoover AL resident, you are invited to take our 2 minute Community Diversity Survey, which helps us better understand the current opinions and needs of our city.

*All information is used for Hoover-AHEAD planning purposes and not shared.

 

Key Racial Equity Definitions

We discovered that the lack of a common understanding of even the most frequently used words in any discussion on race can easily cause misunderstanding and confusion, and often lead to controversy and hostility. It is essential to achieve some degree of shared understanding in the use of the most common terms. In this way, the quality of dialogue and discourse on race in America and your community can be enhanced.” 
Diversity

All the ways in which people differ; encompasses all the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another. It is all-inclusive and recognizes everyone and every group as part of the diversity that should be valued.

Racial equity

The condition that would be achieved if one’s racial identity no longer predicted, in a statistical sense, how one fares. This includes elimination of policies, practices, attitudes and cultural messages that reinforce differential outcomes by race or fail to eliminate them.

Inclusion

Authentically bringing traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities, and decision/policy making in a way that shares power.

Implicit Bias

 Also known as unconscious or hidden bias, implicit biases are negative associations that people unknowingly hold. They are expressed automatically, without conscious awareness. Many studies have indicated that implicit biases affect individuals’ attitudes and actions, thus creating real-world implications, even though individuals may not even be aware that those biases exist within themselves. Notably, implicit biases have been shown to trump individuals’ stated commitments to equality and fairness, thereby producing behavior that diverges from the explicit attitudes that many people profess.

Microagressions

Everyday verbal comments or non-verbal gestures relating to identity that leave a lasting, negative impression on the receiver of the message, often coming from well-intentioned people that don’t fully understand their biases

Ally

 Someone who makes the commitment and effort to recognize their privilege (based on gender, class, race, etc.) and work in solidarity with oppressed groups in the struggle for justice. Allies understand that it is in their own interest to end all forms of oppression, even those from which they may benefit in concrete ways.