The Richmond Pledge to End Racism
I BELIEVE that every person has worth as an individual.
I BELIEVE that every person is entitled to dignity and respect, regardless of race or color.
I BELIEVE that every thought and every act of racial prejudice is harmful; if it is my thought or act, then it is harmful to me as well as to others.
Therefore, from this day forward:
I WILL strive daily to eliminate racial prejudice from my thoughts and actions.
I WILL discourage racial prejudice by others at every opportunity.
I WILL treat all people with dignity and respect.
I WILL commit to working with others to transform the Greater Richmond region into a place that treats people of all races, ethnicities, and cultures with justice, equity, and compassion,
I WILL strive daily to honor this pledge, knowing that the world will be a better place because of my effort.
By signing this Pledge, you are committing to work every day to end racism in the Greater Richmond area. Sign this Pledge only if you are ready to do so, as it will require perseverance if it is to make a difference. Even as you might consider it, keep the text on your mirror or another prominent place so you might confirm your willingness to make the commitment. We each have work to do on the racism, internalized racism, and prejudice in our own hearts. We are at a different place in our journeys so we ask that you sign it when you are ready, when you can sign it with full integrity.
If you make the Pledge know it will not be easy. If you feel you have had a moment when you failed, read and renew your commitment, keeping the need for the Pledge and your commitment to it before you.