To the editor:
I have noticed that while my social media feed is full of my out-out-of-state friends protesting with our friends in the #blacklivesmatter movement, my Cody friends have been strangely silent.
I don’t understand this.
Do we think that we are exempt from racism? That Cody is small and perfect and diverse? I love Cody for many reasons, but its diversity is not one of them. Do we think that we are protected in our small town, that current events don’t affect us?
This movement should affect us. We should care about what is going on. The protests that are happening are the result of people like us ignoring countless voices and horrid events.
Police brutality is something that should not happen, but does. Institutional racism is something that should not be condoned, but is. White privilege is something that exists and something that needs to be abolished.
We in Cody need to raise our voices in protest along with our black brothers and sisters because we have the ability to speak where they cannot. I am not calling for violence, but I am calling for outrage. Outrage that people are unjustly being persecuted, prosecuted and prevented from living their best lives.
If a protest in Cody or the closest towns aren’t your thing, then think of how you can support them otherwise. This article is a good one and has many sources that you can donate to: thecut.com/2020/06/george-floyd-protests-how-to-help-where-to-donate.html.
Contact the mayors of Minneapolis, Louisville and Cody asking how they are going to prevent institutional racism. Do the same with the governors of Minnesota, Kentucky and Wyoming. Demand justice.
Racism was never acceptable and it certainly isn’t now. It must end.
(s) laurianne senti