Parents, teach children tolerance
In response to the presumed hate crime in Cooperstown this past Friday:
In December of 2009, I had to relocate my son from Springfield to my hometown in the Berkshires due to ongoing racial profiling over the past year and a half by area teenagers. He is Latino. His life was threatened on multiple occasions, in and outside of school, our family was threatened as a whole, our home received late night drive-bys, his car exterior was vandalized, and his engine was tampered with and ultimately destroyed.
Why? Skin color. The State Police informed us that they could not begin an investigation if no one was physically injured. Do you need to wait for a serious brain injury before you require a helmet?
How many intersections need to produce ghastly motor vehicle accidents until a traffic light is installed?
Parents need to take preventative measures to help ensure safety within our community. Please talk to your child. Racial slandering is not acceptable. Using the ``N’’ word is not acceptable. Ever.
Teach tolerance and acceptance. My son’s new school and community have little diversity, yet he has absolutely blossomed in an environment that is not racially oppressive. It’s a shame he couldn’t find that acceptance closer to home. Here.
Regardless of whether or not the incident on Friday was indeed a hate crime, this is an issue that is real in our community and cannot be ignored. My heart goes out to all of those affected by the shooting on Friday.
Teach your children well.
Thanks for the support
A huge thank you to the nearly 200 plus volunteers who came out to help make this year’s Crayon Carnival such a huge success.
I feel fortunate to live in an areaáwhere everyone is so willing to volunteer their time to make such a huge undertaking possible.