The origin of Prejudice Free Duxbury
When the Black Lives Matter movement took center stage in the U.S. this spring, mainstream America began to waken to a problem that it had brushed under the rug for generations—that African-Americans, as well as Asian-Americans, Jews, Latinos, LGBTQ, Native Americans, and recent immigrants from every country, are targets of discrimination—some of it subtle, some violent in the extreme.
While protests were held across the country, people began to speak out about what they’ve experienced. Local voices personalized the racism and prejudice that exist in even seemingly idyllic communities like Duxbury. Their pain—and the pain of millions across America—was brought home in a way it never had before.
Like so many Americans, members of Duxbury Rotary were deeply moved by what they heard. They felt their club, as a part of an international organization dedicated serving all of mankind, should not only take a stand, but should do everything in its power to address this issue. They decided to publish a public manifesto of their resolve and work with like-minded individuals and organizations to end racism and all forms of prejudice in this community. The result is a campaign called Prejudice Free Duxbury.
Our declaration, published in The Duxbury Clipper
What kind of town do you want to live in?
Imagine a community where everyone is accepted. Where no family is discouraged from buying a home because of their ethnicity. Where no one reports strangers to the police because of the color of their skin. Where swastikas aren’t painted in school bathrooms. Where LGBTQ kids aren’t harassed by their peers. Where women are never sexually intimidated by men. Imagine how nice it would be to live in such a safe, kind and welcoming place.
Does this sound like Duxbury?
You might (or might not) be surprised to learn that all of these unacceptable acts have happened in our beautiful little town.
At the Duxbury Rotary Club, we think it’s time to end prejudice here. To be the safe, kind and welcoming place we believe we are—for all.
As a part of a global organization dedicated to serving people—all people—we at Rotary would like to see our town become a prejudice-free community, and are prepared to work with town leaders, civic and religious groups, and concerned citizens to make this happen. To that end, our first step will be to organize discussions where we listen to each other, build trust, and find collaborative solutions we can all support.
If you or your organization would like to join us in working to make Duxbury a prejudice-free community, please contact us now at www.duxburyrotary.com.
Rev. Philomena Hare
How we’re taking action
Prejudice Free Duxbury is working in partnership with other local organizations, such as No Place For Hate Committee of the Interfaith Council, to host a series of educational meetings and workshops on the subject of racism and prejudice, to help us see what we can do to change the way we think and behave as individuals, and by working together, banish systemic racism from our community institutions.
These sessions will be recorded and made available at this website and on our social pages for everyone to hear and comment on. We hope this will foster a dialog that can be shared, encouraging more and more in the town to participate
We’ll also offer suggestions on books, articles, videos and podcasts that address the subject, and will provide links to them here in our Resource Center.
As we build a powerful coalition, we’ll surface ideas for change, and will work with the town, businesses and civic organizations to implement them.
We know that this will take time--changing hearts and minds is a marathon, not a sprint.
"I believe that if you see something that you want to get done, you cannot give up, and you cannot give in." Congressman John Lewis 1940-2020