Collecting our thoughts here on the BenIndy…
By Roger Straw, June 29, 2021
Check out the growing number of letters sent in to our local print newspaper, the Benicia Herald: strong calls for racial justice, offers of praise where deserved, decrying of local incidents of racism, and opposition to racial bias and expressions of white supremacy.
Below is today’s listing of collected letters. Check back regularly for new letters at the BenIndy Anti-Racism Letters page.
ANTI-RACISM LETTERS IN THE BENICIA HERALD
Benicia is definitely NOT the happy little totally progressive, inclusive community many of us have long thought it was. Racism is real in Benicia. See the following letters which appeared in the print edition of the Benicia Herald, and a few from the Vallejo Times-Herald. (And check out Benicia Black Lives Matter: Our Voices, also published here and in the Benicia Herald.)
Benicia Herald letters on racism
|Date||Author||Link to letter|
|Sunday, June 27, 2021||Brandon Greene||Equity Training & Critical Race Theory – Open Letter to Solano County Board of Supervisors – Board discussion ‘disappointing but not surprising’.|
|Sunday, June 27, 2021||Craig Snider||Reflections on Systemic Racism and White Privilege – We Can Do Better.|
|Friday, June 25, 2021||June Mejias||Fairytale? Myth? Lie – (The children are watching & listening) – Definitions for Our Times.|
|Wednesday, June 16, 2021||Carrie Rehak||I Can’t Breathe – Refinery fumes, George Floyd and COVID-19.|
|Sunday, June 13, 2021||Kathy Kerridge||Implicit Bias or Outright Racism – Racism is alive and well in Benicia.|
|Sunday, June 13, 2021||Jean Walker||Shine a Light on Solano County Sheriff – Open letter to Board of Supervisors.|
|Sunday, May 23, 2021||Roger Straw||Intensive Care for Benicia – I See You Differently Now – A white American’s deepening awareness of Black lives.|
|Wednesday, May 12, 2021||Mark Christian||Silence is Complicity – America not a place of liberty & justice for all, Sheriff and Solano supervisors complicit.|
|Sunday, May 2, 2021||C. Bart Sullivan, Esq.||A World Without Prejudice Requires Vigilance – Early childhood innocence, BLM, Local writer with head in sand.|
|Friday, April 30, 2021||Vicki Byrum Dennis||SURJ / BBLM Study & Action Course – How can whites become allies? History, racial injustice is systemic. SURJ invitation.|
|Wednesday, April 28, 2021||Susan Street||Off the Mark As Usual – Local writer missing the mark, praising City leadership, racism is real.|
|Sunday, April 25, 2021||Jean Walker||What Can I Do to Make Racism Go Away in Benicia? – Racism is systemic, white privilege, pleased with City Resolution 20, critical of appointments, SURJ.|
|Friday, April 23, 2021||Nathalie Christian||White Supremacy Is Not a Cancer, It Is a Choice – Jan. 6 in D.C., Sheriff’s deputies, call to action.|
|Wednesday, April 21, 2021||Benicia Mayor Steve Young||On the Hate-Crime & Arrest Last Weekend – Racism in Benicia, Raley’s incident, racial bias conscious and unconscious, City took first steps Equity Mgr, we can do better.|
|Sunday, April 18, 2021||Ralph Dennis||Two Peas in a Pod – Raley’s incident, Sheriff investigation 2 peas in a pod. Be an ally, don’t blame BLM or City hiring of Equity Mgr.|
Contact the Benicia Herald – write your own letter!
To add your voice, write to Benicia Herald editor Galen Kusic at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that the Benicia Herald’s online edition is not currently being maintained. To subscribe to the print edition, email email@example.com or phone 707-745-6838. Main phone line is 707-745-0733; fax is 707-745-8583. Mail or stop by in person at 820 First St., Benicia, 94510. (Not sure of days and hours.)
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