This past weekend, our local newspaper ran a commentary “Grass Valley not a safe place for people of all races” by a visitor from Yuba City.
“Local teenagers were yelling racial slurs” at her family in Condon Park, it read concluding: “What my family experienced this weekend was terrifying, and we feared for our safety.
“I want other tourists to know that they should discontinue their support of Grass Valley in order to prove to the city management that this hatred and racism has got to stop.”
I received an email about this from Susan Copeland, a longtime resident and businesswoman, as owner of Flour Garden Bakery. She was upset and later sent out an email to a broad group of community leaders and members in response:
“Dear Community Members,
I wanted to write to you about my concern for the recent events at Condon Park.
Having grown up in Washington D.C., it was not surprising that I found myself at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial 48 years ago at what turned out to be a seminal civil rights demonstration.
What is shocking is that 48 years after that event, African-Americans are being terrorized in my home town while peacefully trying to celebrate a 65th birthday with their mother.
As a nation we understand the power to destroy that a few deranged individuals hold.
As a nation we have made huge sacrifices to stop terrorist attacks. Is it not also important as a community, to stop these terrorist activities within our town?
These days every town struggles to serve its constituents and especially to address the needs of its most challenging citizens.
That being said, I feel that we must stand up as a community and denounce this despicable behavior.
Susan and William Copeland
Thanks Susan for calling this out. Racism in our town — expressed in many forms — is an issue we have openly discussed from time to time on Sierra Foothills Report, and we have to stand up to it as a community.
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