The Johnson County Board of Supervisors vehemently denounces the incidents of racism that occurred during the Fourth of July parade in Muscatine, Iowa, this week.
We are appalled by the offensive perpetuation of harmful stereotypes contributing to the marginalization of, dehumanization of, and violence against Indigenous people. Actions like those that took place at the parade are traumatic and dangerous for Indigenous people everywhere.
We call upon the City of Muscatine and the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry to take appropriate action and accountability. Furthermore, we urge event organizers and local authorities to implement proactive measures to prevent incidents of racism and bigotry from infiltrating public events in the future.
We express our solidarity with Indigenous people targeted and affected by the racist displays during the parade, and we want to assure them that Johnson County stands with them in their fight against racism and discrimination.
We encourage community members to learn more about the Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Crisis at Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Crisis | Indian Affairs (bia.gov).