What about in­clu­sion at the po­lice board?

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

Po­lice board mem­bers ac­cused of se­crecy, racism (Feb. 3)

I am won­der­ing about this ex­change at a re­cent meet­ing of the Hamil­ton Po­lice Ser­vices Board.

One mem­ber con­sid­ered the state­ment in ques­tion to be “per­sonal, dis­re­spect­ful and racist” and felt “pro­foundly shocked and sad­dened.” This mem­ber also re­garded the state­ment as show­ing “cul­tural in­com­pe­tency in a lead­er­ship role.” We are told that apolo­gies were re­quested and have been ex­tended and re­ceived. So should we for­give and move on?

In ei­ther case and with all le­gal and ad­min­is­tra­tive is­sues set aside, this in­ci­dent might re­mind all mem­bers of the board to re­flect on their com­mit­ment to “hu­man rights and cul­tural in­clu­sion”? It also might strengthen all our re­solve to con­tinue our work to­ward in­ter­cul­tural sol­i­dar­ity? Re­mem­ber that an at­tack on one of us is an at­tack on all of us. Again, just won­der­ing. Anna Schafer, Dun­das

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