Racism has no place here.

Nor do intolerance, injustice, hatred, or violence.


The death of George Floyd has prompted deep feelings of anger, confusion, disappointment, solidarity, and a steadfast resolve to create a better future. Since this tragedy, Scott County has begun the process of engaging with staff and community members on our role and responsibility around how to move forward.   We see, hear, and feel the pain, but are only beginning to understand how much work needs to be done both on at an individual as well as collective level.

As a provider of law enforcement, health and human services, and criminal justice services, we recognize the importance of this moment.  As such, we want to be clear about our commitment to creating an environment where everyone feels a sense of belonging -- which is why the Scott County Board strongly condemns racism, violence, and hatred as they have no place in our society.

Scott County’s mission is to advance safe, healthy, and livable communities through citizen-focused solutions. To help achieve this mission, the County Board approved a five-year strategic plan which includes a focus on community engagement and reducing disparities.  Recent events have only strengthened our commitment to the work that needs to be done. As a County, we will work to engage the community in how we move forward through active listening, fostering dialogue, and gaining a deeper understanding of these important issues.  Through these conversations, we will look for meaningful and sustainable action that supports prosperity and community vitality for all residents, now and for generations to come.

Minnesota Discrimination Helpline:

This helpline reinforces the state’s efforts to protect the civil rights of Minnesotans. It allows those who experience or witness bias and discrimination to report incidents to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.

Every Minnesotan can call the Discrimination Helpline at 1-833-454-0148 or complete and submit this online form. The helpline is staffed Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (MN Department of Human Rights)



Resources on how to talk about what’s happening, or if you’re looking for ways to learn more about topics related to race, inclusion, and diversity

:
https://www.racialequitytools.org/home
https://www.aecf.org/resources/race-equity-and-inclusion-action-guide/
https://www.bu.edu/antiracist-center/

For additional reading:


Reading for Racial Justice -- free ebooks from the University of Minnesota
Talking About Race – from National Museum of African American History & Culture @ the Smithsonian
The Trevor Project – guide to being an ally of transgender and nonbinary youth
Antiracism: A Starter Booklist – exactly what it sounds like, from Library Journal


Join the conversation through One Book One Minnesota:


One Book One Minnesota is a statewide book club that invites Minnesotans to read a common title and come together virtually to enjoy, reflect and discuss. The summer selection is A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota edited by Sun Yung Shin (Minnesota Historical Society Press).  The book is a collection of essays by Native writers and writers of color on their experiences in Minnesota. Read, absorb, discuss, and join editor Shin as she calls us to build “a future in this state that leaves no one out.”

The book is available to read for free online at Ebooks Minnesota. and will be available through the end of August 2020. Follow Scott County Library on Facebook and Twitter for posts on individual essays and other discussion opportunities. For more information visit the One Book One Minnesota website or contact your library. 

For anyone needing support to process recent events:


https://www.scottcountymn.gov/290/Mental-Health-Center
https://www.canvashealth.org/location/scott-county-mobile-crisis/
https://www.scottcountymn.gov/DocumentCenter/View/10145/Scott-County-Mobile-CrisisFlyer?bidId=