Katherine E. Vorwerk: Amherst League of Women Voters offers help

Last modified: Monday, May 12, 2014

To the editor:

Along with many other groups and individuals in our community, the Amherst League of Women Voters is deeply disturbed by the recent acts of racism in the Amherst Regional High School.

The league’s stated position combats discrimination and promotes social and economic justice and equal rights for all. We believe in respect for individuals and the value of diversity.

Over the course of its 75 years of existence, the Amherst League has worked aggressively to educate voters and has spoken and supported active participation in government by all citizens, regardless of their race, sex, age, ethnic background and other aspects of diversity.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote recently, “race matters ... the way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race ... with eyes open to the unfortunate effects of centuries of racial discrimination.”

We assume that these are the kinds of tough discussions that our school and town leaders are currently engaged in. The league is willing to participate in these discussions and facilitate their progress in whatever way we can. We urge other community groups and individuals to volunteer their time and talents as well and speak out and work against racism.

Katherine E. Vorwerk

The writer is the co-president of the Amherst League of Women Voters.


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