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Edward S. Zuchowski, Sr.: Rainbow flag may have unintended consequences

To the editor:

As I was driving by Jackson Street School recently, I thought we must be in the middle of pride week. Rainbow flags were flying everywhere. Gay pride was certainly on display. While I have no problem with that, I think that if we are to truly celebrate our diversity as a community, we ought to consider flying a flag for black folks, another for Hispanics and perhaps others for the Irish, French, Italians, Polish, our Jewish sisters and brothers, as well as for the various Christian denominations.

This would be a real celebration of our diversity. What troubles me, and many others I’m sure, is that one particular group is continually singled out above all others in our community for special attention and recognition, while virtually all others go unrecognized. Inclusivity should be the objective for all groups of people, not just a select few. Sadly, this display of rainbow flags may possibly do more to hurt the gay pride movement in the long run. It may actually breed resentment, intolerance and a wedge of division in our community rather than the hoped-for acceptance and tolerance which I am sure is the ultimate goal. Perhaps it is time to rethink this issue and make some positive changes for the better in the future.

Edward S. Zuchowski, Sr.

Northampton

Dear Mr. Zuchowski, Please read the piece written by Gwen Agna, principal of Jackson Street School so that you can learn the meaning behind the rainbow flags that were proudly displayed at the school. I feel if you understood why they were hung, you may have written a different type of letter. http://www.gazettenet.com/search/12410521-95/gwen-agna-northampton-school-principal-explains-intent-of-its-outdoor-messages I also urge you to read the letter written by two Jackson St. parents. http://www.gazettenet.com/search/12522584-95/michael-and-kimm-quinlan-takes-issue-with-rainbow-flag-criticism I hope at the end of the day you have a different understanding of why the rainbow flags were proudly hung outside of Jackson Street. Did you know that the school's flag was stolen after Gwen Agna's letter was printed? That act is what sparked the students at Jackson Street to decorate the school with all the flags they could get their hands on. There is more meaning behind them than meets the eye.

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