To the editor:
As I sit here in my Moe Township home watching the aftermath unfold from President Trump’s most recent racist tweet, I’m bemused by the irony of it all. President Trump tells our very own Representative Ilhan Abdullahi Omar and her squad to go back home. At the July 1 Moe Township meeting, my township chairperson asked me and my Army veteran father, “Where did you come from?”
Where did you come from? A question shouted with palpable anger by the township leader in response to a legitimate question. A question which made him uncomfortable. The backstory has to do with recent discussion around parking restrictions on my specific cul-de-sac. A cul-de-sac that has existed for decades. Now I live here, having moved from somewhere else, and the street is a potential hazard, which needs fixing. To help me better understand the sudden interest in my cul-de-sac, I asked the question, “Do you track incident reports or complaints?”
Why is this of interest to all of us, those with hometown pride and newcomers alike? I urge community members to not only attend city and township meetings, but to also live-stream the meeting so others not in attendance can watch in real-time or at a later time. I urge you to attend particularly if you feel unwelcome. Let them see where you are from, because the answer to the Moe Township chairperson's question is that we come from right here. There is no place to go, we are exactly where we are supposed to be.
Marcie L Wagner