Bastrop County Commissioners Court will hold a public hearing Tuesday, July 7 at 9 a.m. “regarding racial injustices, interracial tensions, and ways to promote equality for all.” I believe that we need to address the systemic racism present in ourselves, our community, our county, and our country. We must acknowledge that there is a problem, that systematic racism exists and that it negatively impacts Black people and people of color everyday. I encourage everyone to think about what you can do to take action to address systemic racism and affect positive change. Please consider participating in the public hearing. There is no risk in the war that silence brings.