Dear Fellow Middletown Residents,
I am asking anyone who reads this today to consider ways in which we, as members of a community, can assist in the current fight for civil rights that has erupted across this country. I cannot sit idly by and watch the continued subjugation of American citizens, a 400 year practice that has entrenched a system of institutionalized racism into the very fabric of this country.
Our local leaders should be called out for their inability to stand up to a president and other high profile officials who have repeatedly flexed their might for their own self-interests over America as a whole. Even more locally, we have seen residents of this town attack a high school senior on social media for bringing to light that this community is not inclusive and is also unwilling to even listen to the perspective of another, thus proving her point.
It would not take much for our elected officials on Township Committee to utilize their public platforms like Twitter to condemn calls for violence and incendiary language. The problem is not that using their voices would be difficult, it’s that their silence is tacit agreement with the tactics authorized by US Attorney General William Barr at the behest of the president.
This is a seminal moment. We can make a difference. White allies need to amplify voices of the oppressed. It’s not enough to wait on others to solve this nation’s problems. Heroes don’t exist. We shape the course of this country through our own actions (or inaction).
Acting Chairperson of the Middletown Democratic Party
and representative for district 9