Last night, Richmond, Indiana's City Council voted 5-4 to de-fund the Human Rights Commission, a local agency that investigates and addresses complaints of discrimination based on race, religion, color, gender, physical disability or national origin. The budget for the agency was $74,150, an amount that is already down from other cuts in recent years.
The de-funding measure was proposed by Councilman J. Clayton Miller. Every encounter I've had with Mr. Miller has been a positive one, and he seems to be a good person doing what he believes is right, which I appreciate. I'm sure that his fellow supporters on Council who also voted in favor are also doing what they think is right. But I question whether they have made this decision with full consideration for the needs of the whole community in mind. Continue reading "On the Human Rights Commission de-funding"