Dear Kingfield Neighbors—
We all know this year has been heartbreaking and gut-wrenching. From Covid 19 to civil unrest, on top of political divisions and the personal concerns we all carry…it has been a long hard year. Although some of us are familiar with the patterns of oppression we are seeing now, others of us are recognizing for the first time the systemic racism and bigotry within our country. It’s horrifying, yet this moment gives us a necessary opportunity to learn and grow. Many of us are on edge and frightened, but sometimes in our efforts to protect ourselves and those we know and love, we end up causing harm to others. More often than not, that harm falls on people of color, many of whom are our neighbors.
One of the best ways to protect ourselves, and our entire community, is to get to know one another by name, knowing each other’s comings and goings, kids, roommates, and cars. This way we can watch out FOR each other, as opposed to watching in fear to protect ourselves. Please take this message as a reminder that as our nerves are jangled, we need to be even more careful about checking the implicit biases we all carry in us.
Suggested Approach if you see someone you don’t recognize:
“Hi, we haven’t met. My name is _______________. I live (down the block, across the street, etc.).”
As opposed to “Who are you? What are you doing here? Etc.”
In these very challenging times, please take the time to reach out to those around you and get to know each other. Coming together is the only way our community is going to make it through this difficult time.
Thank you for being bold, patient, and kind with each other–
Executive Director, Kingfield Neighborhood Association