City of Salisbury to launch Truth, Racial Unity, Transformation & Healing Advisory Committee
SALISBURY, Md. – The City of Salisbury is hoping to dive deeper into racial inequities with the creation of a new advisory committee. The Truth, Racial Unity, Transformation & Healing Advisory Committee will be tasked with tackling existing racial issues, and potential solutions.
Mayor Jake Day says the city is already on its path of racial reckoning. He has high hopes that the new committee will launch that process into the future. “Those systems may be better, but they’re not perfect. In order to improve anything, you have to be deliberate. You have to design the end state to figure out where you want to go, and then you have to get about the business of changing things,” said Mayor Day.
The committee will be made up of 13 members of the public. Mayor Day says committee members don’t need to be experts on history or social justice. “We’re looking for Salisburyans. We’re looking for people who have a story to tell about what they feel are deficiencies, injustices, shortcomings, transgressions, and to say ‘It would have been better if it looked like this.'” he said. “It’s by those specific examples that we’ll be able to say ‘Okay, we can do better.'”
The committee will meet on a bi-monthly basis. Applications are not open yet, but those can typically be found on the city’s website.