A letter from Action Alameda News publisher David Howard…
People got quite indignant when I questioned the motivations of parents in the East-end for resisting elementary school consolidation. Some responses were comical: “Edison School is not ‘almost entirely’ white. It’s 71% white.” Only 71%, you say?
But now, the inevitable has happened. I’ve learned that Pro-Measure E adults have marched into an ethnic store on Webster Street shouting racial epithets at the proprietor and his family, including his 13-year old son, including phrases such as “Go back to your own country!” This merchant fully understands the financial impact of the tax on him, and willingly posted a “No on E” sign.
I hold the school district responsible for this type of behavior, as well as the perpetrators. To get their parcel taxes passed, AUSD consciously activates the majority-white Edison, Otis and Franklin school parents with threats of “Or else we’ll close your schools!” AUSD is fostering bullying and intimidation as part of what is supposed to be a democratic process. And what message does it send our children, ostensibly for whom the parcel tax was proposed?
Some people have said that they will move out of Alameda if the parcel tax fails. I suppose some people are so self-centered that they think this constitutes a threat. I hope it does fail, and I hope they do move. I don’t want these sort of people in my community.
– David Howard