While the coverage of the June 18 BLM march is important, the July 16 article “Black Lives Matter activists call on councilman to quit” misses the point entirely.
The article highlights the dispute between organizers and councilmen and acknowledges the concerns of the march on downtown merchants. The mayor's power-driven political commentary on “bullying” as the word of the day was also shared. However, the article fails to acknowledge the purpose behind the march and what the dispute highlights about racism in Littleton.
It is not accidental that Littleton does not have people of color. Intentional policies and resource designation keep Littleton white. Policies (dating to the 1960s) cross every sector of our community: redlining in housing policy, segregation in educational policy and bias in policing. The BLM march was meant to draw attention to these inequities (just as Martin Luther King Jr.'s presence in Littleton attempted to do in 1964). Yet, this is not the conversation that was highlighted.
The march was a long-awaited call to action. It was a peaceful demonstration, but had it resulted in riots, the message remains the same. Constituents, taxpayers and customers are calling for change. The real question is not who said what in the dispute between Ms. Acres and Councilman Driscoll, but rather, how are the city council, school board and police responding to this call for action? Or, what policy and funding changes are being made to dismantle racist and oppressive institutions in Littleton?
Let's keep our eye on the ball.
Other items that may interest you
We have noticed you are using an ad blocking plugin in your browser.
The revenue we receive from our advertisers helps make this site possible. We request you whitelist our site.