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LETTER: Mayor’s words countering racism are worth repeating

‘Who would you rather having running the city and expressing the feelings most of us share?’

“It’s past time that we listen to those who haven’t been heard, and extend kindness to everyone,” Mayor Ken Popove said in a recent statement.

“Be kind, respectful and curious. When we stop and listen to one another, we have the opportunity to gain new perspectives.

“This way I hope we can move forward together as a stronger, more diverse community.”

These were the words of Ken Popove, the mayor of Chilliwack.

In response, Ray Warkentin wrote to The Progress on June 11: “So, stop with the whimpering apologies and self-flagellation!”

• READ MORE: LETTER: Chilliwack mayor’s anti-racism words amount to ‘grovelling and self-flagellation’

Come on! Chilliwack has a mayor who has the temerity to suggest that maybe, just maybe, we should look into our souls and acknowledge that we have not always been what we should have been in dealing with those who face discrimination and racism, and this is one example of somebody who can’t accept that.

Who would you rather having running the city and expressing the feelings most of us share?

Dean Roosevelt

Vernon

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