To the Editor:
The Connecticut Shoreline has a racism problem.
I went to the ShoreLine Times looking for a local perspective on the Black Lives Matter movement. To say I was disappointed is an understatement.
All weekend, the only article was about looting threats in Clinton. Monday, the article “Calls for end to racism reverberate across CT shoreline” was posted. Words and stories are powerful and impact how people think about issues. The article painted a picture of people in predominantly white towns protesting ‘the right way’, included severely biased language, and did not include coverage of local protests in New Haven.
There is a recurring theme of “We choose peace. We act peaceably.” This is easy to do when not directly confronted with police brutality.
Chief DeMaio’s quote “Whether they want to chant more dead cops or whatever, that’s their right to do so. I don’t think they understand the magnitude of all the political implications - they’re young kids who want to change the world and God bless them for it,” perpetuates the victim complex of the police while infantilizing the legitimate concerns of protestors.
The protest led by Black Lives Matter New Haven and the Citywide Youth Coalition on June 5 was not covered. If your response is the ShoreLine Times only covers Branford to Old Saybrook, why? Thousands attended the protest in New Haven. We flock to New Haven for employment, dining, entertainment, education and culture. The lack of inclusivity of New Haven and BIPOC voices in this paper limits the Shoreline perspective on this issue.
Connecticut was ranked the #4 as the worst state for Black Americans. Connecticut has a problem with racism, and the Shoreline Community as defined above perpetuates this problem by isolating itself into an exclusive bubble. I ask the editors and our community to change.
Ashley Rhode, Guilford