During the October 3, 2017 Board meeting, several residents spoke during citizens' time to voice their desire to change the names of infrastructure baring the names of Confederate soldiers and the Confederate president. Following the discussion, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors passed a resolution reaffirming its commitment to equality; denouncing those who seek to foster a culture of racial inequality or racial supremacy of any kind; and encouraging community dialogue to advance equality for all citizens.
The resolution reads as follows:
Whereas, Prince William County is a community that is rich in both our history as well as in our racial and cultural diversity; and
Whereas, Prince William County is a prosperous and well-educated community that values opportunities for all of our residents to thrive and succeed; and
Whereas, Prince William County Government prioritizes Respect, Integrity, Responsibility, and Excellence among our organizational values that guide the work of county staff in delivering quality services to all residents; and
Whereas, Prince William County is deeply committed to the mission laid out by the Prince William County Human Rights Commission, ''To eliminate discrimination through civil and human rights law enforcement and to establish equal opportunity for all persons within the county through advocacy and education;" and
Whereas, the Board of County Supervisors wishes to continually advance the goal of fully overcoming America's legacy of racial inequality and ensuring that all of our residents are able to enjoy the full fruits of liberty that our country offers;
Be It Therefore Resolved that the Board of County Supervisors hereby reaffirms the commitment that "each citizen is treated fairly, provided equal protection of the law and equal opportunity to participate in the benefits, rights, and privileges of community life" as approved in the County's Human Rights Ordinance of September 1992; and
Be It Further Resolved that the Board of County Supervisors denounces any individual or organization that seeks to foster a culture of racial inequality or racial supremacy of any kind, as well and any attempts to use violence to advance political or ideological goals; and
Be It Further Resolved that the Board of County Supervisors encourages continued community dialogue that advances equality for all of our citizens and seeks to be engaged in that dialogue.