Often times we allow the meanings that have been imagined for skin color, gender, sexual orientation or class to deny our fundamental humanness and equality.
Our community comprises geniuses, we are the home of funk, home of innovation and a multitude of patents. But our full creativity can be stifled by our lack of deep authentic connection with all segments of our city.
This new campaign is the invitation for all of us to expand our WE. To see ourselves in each other and to help us realize — I am because WE are.
This expanded definition of self will activate the underdeveloped potential of our region and expand possibilities as we expand our definition of who we are in community with. To do this the HRC is encouraging us to have the deep, hard, reflective, honest conversations necessary to heal historical wounds and to understand the roots of structural inequality and how power operates locally so that we can emerge new policies and structures that acknowledge the dignity and worth of every human being.
Truly we are the ones we have been waiting for! To build a community that works for all of us, the HRC is calling on all of us to participate in the process of co-creating and reimagining it.
Amaha Sellassie is an assistant professor of sociology and director of Center for Applied Social Issues at Sinclair Community College. He is a practitioner-scholar and a co-founder and board chair of the Gem City Market, a community-driven effort to address food apartheid through a food coop dedicated to increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables within west Dayton. Sellassie is a former chair of the Dayton Human Relations Council Board.