Mayor Sandy Stimpson announced today that he will host an upcoming community forum on race relations in Mobile. The forum, tentatively titled “Moving Forward: An Honest Conversation,” will be held on Wed., June 11, at the History Museum of Mobile.
“We have too much positive momentum to allow any single issue to hold us back,” he said. “We have big challenges ahead of us, but make no mistake: I believe in One Mobile. I am willing to do whatever it takes to achieve it. I hope our citizens will join with us as we work to make that vision a reality.”
The mayor announced the forum during a press conference in which he expressed support for former Mayor Sam Jones to be appointed to the board of commissioners at the Mobile Area Water and Sewer Service. Fielding questions from the press, Stimpson said despite a vote that fell on racial lines, he didn’t believe the council’s vote was motivated by race. Instead, he said the “flames” of racism had been fanned by the media and commentary on social media.
“I don’t not believe the issue to begin with was racial, but it has evolved to what the perception is and the direction it is going in,” Stimpson said. “Sometimes perception is reality, but I do not believe thats what started the problem.”
Later, Stimpson released the following video further explaining his action:
More details will be released on the forum at a later date.
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