Stephanie Davis: Criticism can be a gift

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Published: 9/15/2020 4:15:37 PM

A Sept. 4 article, “Harassment claimed over police reform group,” reported a missed opportunity for Easthampton’s Community Relations Committee (CRC).

Diverse views and criticism can be uncomfortable, but criticism is also a gift. It points out areas for growth.

The City Council’s rejection of a prospective applicant because of an assumption she could not work with A Knee Is Not Enough didn’t make sense. A second applicant, who is a member of AKINE, withdrew from consideration saying he has been harassed both online and in person for his views.

The prospective applicant who was rejected surely understood what joining the CRC entailed. Also, CRC’s assumption that she wouldn’t work well with AKINE deprived AKINE of an opportunity to work with a diverse group of opinions and enlarge their influence within the community.

Unless diverse views are allowed, the CRC will operate without the benefit of understanding that community is all of us, whether we agree them on all issues or not.

Stephanie Davis

Easthampton




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