To the editor:
Below is a statement released by the Edmonds Neighborhood Action Coalition (ENAC) May 11.
Susan Kostick for ENAC
On Feb. 8, we wrote a letter of support for our diverse community, condemning the racist harassment and threats directed at two black teenagers outside of Harvey’s Lounge. And here we are again, writing today to express our solidarity and support in the wake of a similar incident.
On May 4 at the Edmonds McDonald’s on Highway 99, a woman launched a xenophobic, racist tirade against some Spanish-speaking customers, shouting “get out of our country” and “if you don’t speak English you shouldn’t be here.” And again, we are called to condemn this virulent display of bigotry.
These are not the “Edmonds kind of days” this community can boast about.
The Diversity Commission meeting (as reported in My Edmonds News, May 11) included notice of this incident and several others. Hateful attacks on our neighbors are not new, nor are they isolated. We support the Diversity Commission’s call “to engage in reflection and/or dialogue with friends, family and neighbors about the incident, its potential causes and ramifications,” and we urge Edmonds residents to act: Commit to intentionally creating a truly inclusive community; stand in solidarity with your neighbors; get involved with local organizations that elevate voices of people of color.
Speak out against racism now, before it gains traction. Creating the Edmonds of our ideals—inclusive, civil, safe and supportive—means zero tolerance for hatred and abuse.
Edmonds Neighborhood Coalition (ENAC)
May 11, 2018