We are residents of Roland Park, including many parents of children who currently or previously attended Roland Park Elementary Middle School. We are writing in response to your editorial “Racism in Roland Park,” Jan. 24. We are horrified by the incident you describe and extremely ashamed and saddened that it happened in our community. Like so many others, we find this behavior unconscionable and heartbreaking.
We write because we know the racism threaded throughout our city and country needs to be openly discussed and desperately needs to be corrected. Meaningful, positive interaction between all segments of our City can bring positive change, and we endeavor to be part of that. This horrific incident may be reflective of some of the bad practices of our neighborhood in the past, but we don’t want it to define our community going forward.
We live in a world filled with hate, racism, bias, and discrimination, including in our own backyard. Incidents like these are terrible reminders. We write to affirm our commitment to teach our children that racism is abhorrent, to intervene when we see others talking or acting in ways that are hateful, and to work toward making our own neighborhood, and any other community of which we are a part, respectful and inclusive of all.
Alberto Begue Aguado
N. Peter Armitage
James H. Black, III
Erik, Casey, Emily, Lindy, Sam and Will Briggs
Theresa M James
Devra He'ui Kitterman
Cara Shea Kohler
Jane and Bobby Marinelli
Tanya M. Morrel
Amy Bonitz Palmer
Trish Garcia Pilla
Allison, William and Caroline Rice
John D Rockefeller IV
Louise Phipps Senft
Will, Larson, Isabel, Margot and Ian Thomas
Lisa Berlin Wittenstein
Hie Jung Yoon
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