Letter to the Editor: Magazine profile reveals racial denigration
To the editor:
It is an easy moment when you pick up each new edition of "Definitive
Woman." In this season of contention, the articles are heartwarming,
local and hopeful. That is what we were looking forward to when the latest
cover featured a woman of color, Josette. It was disappointing, however, to
read of experiences of racial denigration in our beloved community of
signature lakes and civic pride.
The featured profile of the magazine has been discussed and evaluated by our
group of citizens. We did not react to the profile with total surprise, but
still the experiences of the "definitive woman" were of a degree that was
We hope that we can define our community as a place where anyone who wants to
make a life here will be welcomed with grace. There is so much that we can
learn and enjoy from the experience brought by varieties of newcomers.
There was a delightful note in the article that we must congratulate. Josette
had a very positive experience at Woodland Elementary, our recently
designated U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School. The
comments of the school principal in the May 23, 2018 edition of the Echo
Press outlining the creation of community at the beginning of every day was,
perhaps, a model that we can all take to heart. Moreover, thank you to
"Definitive Woman" magazine for pushing us to vision a wider community.
Ann Heydt, Jennifer LeBas, Gene and Judy Rose, Margaret Schroeder, Carol E. Windels, Paul and Judith Florell, all of Alexandria, MN and Rev. Dr. Roger Parks, Clitherall, MN