Letter addressed to the Editor of the Mill Creek Beacon:
“For me, I don’t label people by gender, race, ethnic background or other traits.” Mike Todd, Letter to the Editor, 12/21/18
This sentence, and Councilmember Todd’s take on “diversity,” do not reflect a contemporary understanding of how systemic marginalization of certain groups perpetuates inequality.
I would like to first say that I deeply appreciate Councilmember Todd engaging with these citizen concerns. In all fairness, it would have been easier for him to keep these beliefs private. His openness reflects the Mill Creek STAR value of transparency, and I have a lot of respect for his extensive service to the City.
I was raised to believe just as he does on the issue of race. For my mother, who grew up in Arkansas during the process of integration, the value of being “color blind” was the antithesis of the overt racism she had observed. Research indicates that most white parents want to raise non-racist children, and take that approach. It was shocking to me to learn that experts in racism have come to understand that the prevalence of color blind ideology actually causes harm to people of color.
One reason it will not work to achieve equality by eliminating labels is that it will not actively undo the ongoing harm from our country’s white supremacist roots. A white person doing their best to ignore race, to the extent that any discussion has become taboo, has effectively opted out of observing or addressing racist challenges.… Read More “The Best Council is a Diverse Council”