Glendale, California turns into the primary metropolis in California and third within the nation to go a decision apologizing for its historical past as a “sunset city,” a time period that has an especially racist and violent historical past.
The Glendale metropolis council responded to this June’s Black Lives Matter protests with a promise to handle racial bias within the metropolis, starting with a unanimously-passed decision apologizing for and condemning the “sunset city” title.
In keeping with the e-book Sunset City by historian James Loewen, the phrase was the title given to hundreds of U.S. cities the place Black folks have been warned to not be caught after darkish.
Indicators in these cities would learn “Don’t let the solar set on you right here, perceive,” and resorted to intimidation, violence or discriminatory legal guidelines.
“It has that legacy and it is smart to handle that head on,” Glendale Metropolis Councilman Dan Brotman stated, in line with NBC Los Angeles. “The decision does commit us to take a look at how we conduct affairs in Glendale and take a look at how racism could also be taking part in a task.”
Town council additionally stated they’d rent an investigator to do a historic context research to doc the racial historical past of Glendale and to look how racism could play an element within the metropolis’s hiring practices, housing and policing shifting ahead.
“It’s extraordinarily empowering and makes a group really feel like they will come collectively and now we are able to take into consideration therapeutic and reconciliation,” stated Tara Peterson, who runs the Coalition for an Anti-racist Glendale.