Monday, Nov. 21 is a day to mourn in our city of Enumclaw. That is the day a horrid incident at the Enumclaw School Board meeting occurred when a racist term was used in the meeting. When this incident became known, lyrics from the song by the group U2 came to mind. The lyrics are as follows:
I can’t believe the news today
Oh, I can’t close my eyes and make it go away
How long, how long must we sing this song?
How long? How long?
We can be as one
If we in this community don’t denounce what occurred on this Enumclaw version, what will all our children continue to think? What will be passed along? It is time to end this hateful rhetoric and set examples of strength and unity. We, the Mayor and City Council Members condemn what occurred and the person and/or persons that conducted this act.
Some of our town pride died Monday night and whether it was a person in or outside our community it still reflects on this community on how we react to it. A stain that must be removed.
How long must we all sing this song? When will we all look within and say enough. When will we all step up and denounce what occurred on that Monday night. We decided now, not later to address hate and racism.
Mayor Jan Molinaro
Council Member Chance LaFleur
Council Member Hoke Overland
Council Member Anthony Wright
Council Member Kael Johnson
Council Member Corrie Koopman Frazier
Council Member Thomas Sauvageau