Get a Black Lives Matter Mural approved in Teaneck!

Get a Black Lives Matter Mural approved in Teaneck!

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Odein Karibi-Whyte started this petition to Teaneck Town Council and

Hello, my name is Odein Karibi-Whyte, a 2020 graduate of Teaneck High School and an incoming Morehouse student. As a lifelong resident of Teaneck, I have seen and experienced the beauty of growing up in a racially and ethnically diverse town. I have friends who look nothing like me that come from different backgrounds and still, we are able to get along.

However, as a young Black man, I have seen where our town has its deficiencies. I believe a truly diverse community doesn’t simply contain people of multiple backgrounds, but additionally recognizes and celebrates the differences of each group. A hardship that the Black community has had to endure since the founding of this country is unfair treatment and racial injustice; and Teaneck is not exempt from that fact.

The recent news coverage of the Black Lives Matter movement has shed light on a problem that has existed and occurred for hundreds of years. This is something that needs to be recognized HERE in Teaneck.

Members of our own community have experienced the racism and criminalization towards Black people and Ms.Thelma Pannell-Dantzler even had to suffer the death of her own 16-year-old son due to police violence in our town. As a town that prides itself on being racially diverse and being the first to integrate schools, it is our duty to acknowledge our faults and work towards a better future where all can be treated and seen as equals.

One of the steps we can take towards making a better future in our town is having a mural created in the town celebrating and honoring the Black Lives Matter movement. I would like to see the mural in town as a show of alliance and commitment to working towards racial justice within our town. The mural would not be the final step we take as a town, but one of the many steps we take, both symbolically and also legally, to stop racial injustices and support the Black community of our town.

Please sign this petition and help us take this first step in Teaneck!

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