To the Editor:
The week of March 8 most Easton residents received a disturbing mailer from EastonEye.org. Those of us who have lived in town for a while and follow local politics are very familiar with this small but very visible group of far right-wing members of our community. They have agitated against strong support for our public schools for years. They have pressed our leaders to avoid anything that ties us more tightly to our neighboring communities.
They have suggested that Agenda 21 is coming for us. (Yes, I too, had no idea what Agenda 21 was either until one of their leaders referenced it at a Board of Selectmen meeting some years ago. Google it.) Now they urge us to step away from the conversation about race in our society.
I believe that Easton does have a role to play in the hard work of making our country a more perfect union. That must mean acknowledging that racism is a problem that we need to address here and throughout our region, state and country. It is the most lasting, destructive and wrenching issue our country has ever faced.
While Easton is small and its population of racial minorities is tiny, we should not stick our heads in the sand and pretend we are not touched by this scourge or that we have no role to play in eliminating it. Sure, there are plenty of issues our town faces but we can walk and chew gum at the same time.
I share the dream of the Rev. Doctor Martin Luther King cited in the pamphlet that one day children of color will live in a nation where they are not judged by the color of their skin but rather by the content of their character. But until that day comes, we must not ignore the need to shine a light on people and practices that hold back racial minorities, here and throughout our country.
To borrow from Abraham Lincoln, I appeal to the better angels of our nature in this community to work together to make Easton the best hometown it can be for all of us.
Member, Easton Board of Selectmen