Letter submitted to our Hingham Public Schools school administration and School Committee members. This letter was the product of a special meeting last week of members of our Racial Equity Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee, Schools and Education Committee and the HUC Board.
Today, as many states and cities (including Boston) commemorate Indigenous Peoples' Day, the Hingham Unity Council acknowledges that we reside on the traditional land of the Massachusett peoples past and present, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations.
The South Shore Unity Council, a nonprofit comprised of the Cohasset Diversity Committee, Duxbury for All, the Hanover Unity Council, the Hingham Unity Council (HUC), Scituate Together for Representation Inclusion Diversity and Equity (STRIDE), and Weymouth for Inclusion, Solidarity and Equity (WISE) supports H.584/S.365 An Act relative to anti-racism, equity and justice in education.
As our mission states, the Hingham Unity Council (HUC) was created to help build a culture that respects and values the dignity and humanity of every community member.
The HUC stands in solidarity with our Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) community on the South Shore and everywhere.
One of the initiatives our Racial Diversity and Inclusion Committee has taken on is making sure voters, and particularly voters of color, have access to the polls this November. We have assembled a short list of different ways that you can get involved below.
Hingham Families of Color is an intercultural, interethnic community group that welcomes Hingham residents who are Black, Latino/Hispanic, Asian, Arab, and Native American, as well as families with children of color and biracial couples.
The Hingham Unity Council was formed to create a space for conversation, to unify our community, and to support Hingham residents and guests who have been marginalized and treated unjustly throughout history.
In an essay that he wrote days before he passed away, John Lewis wrote: “When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war.”
The Hingham Unity Council was formed to encourage people to have meaningful, in-person discussions about our differences; to hear each other’s perspectives and experiences; to gain understanding; to promote empathy and support for all of our community members. The members of the HUC are distressed by the discourse on social media surrounding the Thin Blue Line flag displayed on Hingham fire trucks. We don’t believe this is what Hingham stands for. We believe Hingham stands with our Weymouth neighbors as they mark the anniversary of the death of Officer Chesna in a horrific killing as he upheld his duty to serve and protect. We believe Hingham stands with our Black community as they protest unjustified killings of Black men and woman and demand systemic reform. We believe Hingham stands with our police and first responders. We believe Hingham stands for the right to question public officials, existing policies and status quo. We believe Hingham stands for civility and empathy, even when we disagree. We believe Hingham can stand together to grieve and remember all of the men and women whose lives were taken too soon. We urge everyone in the Hingham community to push their capacity for empathy a [Read More ->]
Community reading and discussion of Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. Open to ages 13+. Book will be provided in honor of Dr. Holly Carter & Dr. Caitlin Slodden, leaders of Sacred Ground at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Full details and registration here.