Letter to the editor: Is anyone out there?

Editor:

We have seen the reactors for a week now; the protestors, the looters, and all of us reacting in our own way. How does that end? How do we move forward? Time for responders to come together! Where are those who can lead us with plans/steps to move us to a real response to the issue of racism and white privilege in the USA?

Is anyone (community leaders, pastors, community organizers, influencers, etc.) out there beginning to pull groups together who can give the reactors (that’s all of us) hope and a way forward? Where are those leaders?

Who and where are the role models, thinkers, trusted leaders, moral leaders? I don’t know who you are but surely others know who those critical people are. Come forward. Begin the process now. We need you now!

Marcia Fankhauser
Edmonds

11 Replies to “Letter to the editor: Is anyone out there?”

  1. Our current elected leaders have ignored these issues for years. Where are our local leaders? Vote!!!
    TERM LIMITS….

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    1. Part of our problem is of our own making. When there is not a tragedy to get attention, we are focused more inward and do not realize how are community decisions are connected to racism. This is an opportunity to have deeper thought and conversations and influence to speak out with trust and be an example. One BIG area in Edmonds is location and types of housing, and the many assumptions that go with those. Edmonds has a history of fighting integrated housing throughout the city. Edmonds has fought to not have tax dollars help a variety of nonprofit options, including property, partnerships, allocation of funds… to go to citizens in need of affordable housing. Ask the city of the 10% of the black lives who matter, how many could be in safer, affordable housing, and not be ostracized to the 99 corridor? Why does Edmonds design the lower income areas and continue to purchase in the same area for the poorer populations to live “in that neighborhood”? And why do the voices of the Edmonds population who do not want to keep current Edmonds, or integrate Edmonds Citizens throughout neighborhoods overpowering the other voices? Each decision Edmonds makes, directly or indirectly impacts oppressed people. Oppressed people in Edmonds? I am a part of that? Minority candidates interviewed for the City Council position (from Mike Nelson’s move to Mayor) Will Chen stated something to the effect of, the Asian people in the 99 corridor are afraid to go to Council meetings. Jenna Nand also shared she aids distinct minority groups. And Alicia Crank, if memory serves, lives in the 99 corridor area. She shared experiences of feeling shut down while campaigning, and Edmonds citizens publicly tried to take away her validation of her experience and feelings. They weren’t there. We have good Council Members. Let us not lose what minority candidates have shared with us. At one time, Will Chen wanted to develop a part of the 99 corridor as a celebration of diversity. How is his idea being empowered? Beyond the 99 corridor, how are we turning away from NIMBY to IMBY? How are we creating the solution?

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  2. Are all the well planned protests around the world from racism here, racism there, something else?

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  3. First, it starts with the law enforcement. Police are hired by the tax payers to enforce the “good law” and protect the citizens, not to kill innocent people.

    Second, law makers must make good laws that do not discriminate against any race, stop systematic racism. The United States of America is better than that.

    Third, it starts with you and me, with all of us. We need to have a mindset that all Americans Citizens are Americans, and stop thinking only White Americans are Americans, and others are African, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and so on, and therefore treat them like second class citizens, or worse!

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    1. The Christian society we profess to have will find other victims once those of color outnumber us white folks. Sex offenders, homeless, homeless drug addicts, burglars, those we say make obscene money and are obligated, now enforced by law, to give away their earned money for free rent to those we have ostracized within our community.. Quite the circle we have created. Term limits, Accountability through elimination of guaranteed qualified immunity. Should we know why City Finance Director was fired and got 82,000 $ to remain silent? I wonder why edmonds Justice committee has no previously incarcerated persons on this govt program? Get involved!

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    2. Well stated and agreed. Add to that the notion that governments should not use the police to enforce stupid laws violently. Eric Garner died because he was selling single cigarettes on a public side walk, hence depriving the NY city and state government of maybe 10 cents tax revenue per cigarette.

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  4. These protests highlight the problem. Yes we need to vote and we need to LISTEN and ACT to bury this ugly giant that has repressed all people of color for years and up years. Rather than shaking our heads as we turn off the news, each and every one of us has to make an sincere effort to turn the tide. Join in the discussions led by churches and various groups and really discuss and understand how this can be different. With our present restrictions in place perhaps the best way to start is to read some of the books and other resources to increase your knowledge. NPR more info on resources.
    YES, we need a local leader in our community and every community to facilitate this. You may be that person. I agree with Marcia and ask for you to step forward.

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  5. Protests raise awareness and are fine. But violence increases negative stereotypes. The hard part lies ahead.
    Improving education, strengthening families, parental involvement-all are part of the needed change.
    Getting to know your neighbors of all races is good also. We all need to look at ourselves and see where we can be part of that change.

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    1. Great comments, and Barbra certainly mentioned that violence is taking away from the initial intentions. I advise that those that live in smaller cities not do anything that shines the light on our communities. This means demonstrations, and that local leaders get themselves into the spotlight. Do we really want to have demonstrations that can easily be taken over by those that want to be violent and burn down our small businesses? We certainly do not want to put our police into a no win situation.

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  6. We talk like this every time there is a tragedy…the talk will go away again and we will talk about something else..

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  7. Maybe we who are reading this are the leaders. Good comments sounds like leadership. Yesterday I felt angry at so many things relating to the way peaceful demonstrations were abused in DC. Now I realize that helped not an inch, and will look for a way to lead in my small corner of community.

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