Last Updated on June 5, 2020
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Thursday that she will be forming a council for “racial justice” composed of “black leaders,” headed up by a “racial justice” czar.
Grisham addressed what she described as “embedded injustices” in a Thursday press release.
“The peaceful protesters across this country are shining a light into the dark heart of our nation’s history; they are speaking out the hard truths known implicitly by communities of color for generations; they are giving voice to those who can no longer speak, whose lives were taken from them either directly or indirectly by the systemic racism and injustice baked into our nation,” Grisham pontificated.
Grisham held a press conference on Thursday in which she ranted about “institutional racism ” and the “original sin of slavery, according to the Piñon Post:
The Governor also described “institutional racism” as a “cancer untreated” and slavery as an “original sin.” She also called it a “disgusting truth.” During her press conference, Lujan Grisham further elaborated, saying, “We have seen our Native American brothers and sisters face untold disproportionate struggle. We have generational work to do in restoring educational outcomes for minority and disadvantaged populations in our state. The system will not reform itself.”
It is unclear who will fund this council, or how much the initiative is supposed to cost the taxpayer, but it will no doubt be a setback to the state’s budget.
The Council for Racial Justice and accompanying racial justice czar working out of the governor’s office will be tasked with the directive to “monitor state institutions and hold them accountable for ending systemic racism.”
Grisham had previously ordered flags to fly at half-staff to honor a Minnesota man whose death at the hands of police set off a scourge of race riots.
Among the appointees to Grisham’s new council is Democrat politician and state representative Sheryl Stapleton, giving voters an idea of what the council’s goals may be.