The overwhelmingly white unionized public school teachers in our nearly all-white, all-Asian suburb have begun appending, in a red font, the following signature text to every email message…
Lincoln Public Schools are united in standing with those who are calling out ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country and calling for acknowledgement of humanity in one another. This is not just an issue for black and brown people, but an issue that impacts all of our futures. We must:
- Listen to each other, showing compassion and empathy
- Never turn our backs on senseless brutality [ordinary brutality is okay?]
- Continue to denounce injustices
- Unify our voices to create systemic change
During this painful time, let us work together to be a light to break the darkness that silence can bring. Let us facilitate education, healing, connection, and let us support each other and our communities. Every one of us needs to be part of the solution and we must work together to ensure that there is justice for all.
[Note that relaxing the two-acre zoning minimum so that black and brown people could afford to move into our suburb is not mentioned. And we’re supposed to listen (free), not pay reparations (costly).]
Maybe they will show up to work in these T-shirts?
and for the feet…
- progressives in Berkeley, including Robert Reich, support immigration into the U.S., but oppose immigration into their neighborhood of single-family homes (contrast to Robert Reich’s “7 truths about Immigration” and his 2019 Guardian article “Trump’s immigration moves are straight from the dictator’s playbook”)
- Merits of immigration, explained simply (a similar dispute about an apartment building being constructed in an adjacent suburb to ours)