In 2017, a diverse group of mothers in Snohomish found themselves recounting incidents of racism and bigotry that they had witnessed locally, as well as playing out across the county, state and nation. Snohomish for Equity was born out of this group’s desire to make our community welcoming and safe for all. We continue to notice increasing trends of racism, as well as resistance to dialogue about implicit biases that exist in our community.
Nearly one week after Snohomish for Equity hosted a film screening of “13th,” a documentary exploring the history of racial inequality in the United States, The Herald shared the Providence report about racism in Snohomish County (“Providence countywide study says prejudice still on the rise,” Sept. 15). Simply put, the number of people in our community who have faced prejudice has doubled since 2017.
Snohomish for Equity was created in response to the growing threat of racist acts against members of our community. Our mission continues to propel our community toward dismantling the institutional racism and oppression that continues to be perpetuated and unchallenged. We will continue to encourage greater introspection and action by partnering with the school district, business owners, faith communities and individuals to make Snohomish a welcoming community for all.
Rachel Escoto, Lisa Odom, Joan Robinett-Wilson, Kathy Purviance-Snow, Troy Martez, Teresa Rugg
Snohomish for Equity Board of Directors