This letter was originally addressed to Syracuse University Board of Trustees Chair Kathleen Walters and Chancellor Kent Syverud before being submitted to The Daily Orange.
On Saturday night, a protester was killed in Louisville, Kentucky, when a man opened fire. Sen. Tom Cotton’s (R-Ark.) New York Times piece, “Send in the Troops,” and the rhetoric of the Trump administration has undeniably contributed to this terrifying reality. Peaceful protesters have been marching in Syracuse for four weeks. Yesterday there was a small rally in support of the police on Erie Boulevard. Tensions are high. Our democracy is at stake. Our city is at stake. Lives are at stake.
I wrote the following letter earlier this week. Now it seems almost quaint because nothing is theoretical anymore. I am still going to send it, however, because the murder of a protester doesn’t alter my message. Change will only happen when it originates from a change of one’s heart. I hope this new reality might speed that process up for you.
Maya Angelou said, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” The next part of this quote feels even more prescient: “People know themselves much better than …read more
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