Glastonbury survey seeks views on race and equity issues in town

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A survey on the Glastonbury town website seeks views on race and equity among residents and people who work in town or visit.

Created by the racial justice and equity commission and GreatBlue Research, the survey is available at bit.ly/3vcvXaO. Submissions are anonymous, according to the commission.

Town leaders will use the results “to shape a clearer picture of our community’s strengths, and pinpoint potential areas for growth in the interest of making Glastonbury as welcoming and inclusive as possible,” according to the commission.

The town council created the panel last year after declaring racism a public health crisis. The commission’s mission is “to foster a community that consistently strives to be equitable, just and welcoming; to broaden understanding of racism and its far-reaching consequences; and to support a present and future Glastonbury that is safe and inclusive for all.”

Survey questions include:

  • In general, how comfortable are you speaking about topics related to race and racism?

  • What does race mean to you?

  • What does racial equity mean to you?

  • How would you describe the prevalence of racism or discrimination in Glastonbury?

The survey also asks respondents for their age, race, gender, income level, education and whether they grew up in town.

The survey is limited to those age 18 and older, but the commission hopes to work with the school district to offer it to high school students.

Last month, a small group of protesters, made up mostly of current and former Glastonbury public schools students, stood on Main Street chanting in unison as cars passed by. “Glastonbury is racist!” Protesters told of being targeted by racist comments from other students and regularly hearing the n-word in school hallways.

Responding to a similar planned protest in April, Glastonbury High School Principal Nancy Bean said school staff “take all acts of racism very seriously at our high school.

“We treat these situations with the utmost seriousness and we discipline students accordingly,” Bean said. “We also believe that the voices of our students are paramount. We are listening and we will continue to do so.”

Also, high school officials had to scramble last month after discovering that a student inserted a quote from Adolf Hitler in the 2021 yearbook. The quote was attributed to George Floyd, the Black man who was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer last year.

For more information about the racial justice and equity commission, visit glastonburyrjec.wordpress.com. Questions may be directed to RJEC@glastonbury-ct.gov.

Jesse Leavenworth can be reached at jleavenworth@courant.com

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