LETTER: Time for county-wide Human Relations Commission

Ken Woerthwein
More than 1,000 participate in the York Black Lives Matter Peaceful Protest in York City, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. It would be the second day of larger scale protests in the city following the death of George Floyd, a Minnesota man who died in police custody on May 25. Dawn J. Sagert photo

On June 17, the York County salary board approved the Human Resources position of chief opportunity officer and trainer "to ensure diversity and inclusion among county government staff" to provide "more capacity for creativity, innovation and empathy than a homogeneous workforce."

York County Planning Commission Director Felicia Dell "plans to establish a community planner position dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion" as well, so that "programs, funding and other resources are fairly distributed, without bias ..." Director Dell envisions that some day such a special initiative would not be needed.

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I commend these actions, but the only action that will ensure individuals in all of York County against discrimination is a countywide Human Relations Commission.

In order to have a truly inclusive countywide community, everyone needs to be legally assured that they will be protected from discrimination at work, in public places and in the search for housing.

This is the major mechanism to have true equity in all of York County.