2000-10-13 Holland Sentinel “Racism Summit showed problems”

Racism Summit showed problems
Holland Sentinel

To the Editor:

I would one of the 270 plus people who were privileged to have attended the (meeting about racism) held at St. Francis de Sales Church.

It was great to see such a large crowd, but compared to the enormity of the problem, it was a very small representation. The panelists did a great job, as did moderator Andy Fierro. The various audience members and panelists who shared their personal stories of prejudices they have faced in Holland really tore at my heart.

The necessity for having such a forum is a sad commentary on the state of affairs in our Christian community. For those of you do not think racism is a problem in our fair city, I urge you to take the time to view the taped version being shown on MAC-TV, channel 6, or channel 7 if you have Charter.

We need to open our eyes to what goes on in and around our communities. Many different perspectives were represented on the panel as well as in the audience. Hope students, area pastors, educators, and your average everyday citizens of all colors. The stories and experiences they all shared will not leave you unmoved. Please, if you have a chance, watch, listen and learn. Thanks to all those responsible for making this possible.

The input from this meting and the next one being held in Grand Have will be used to plan the Summit on Racism at Hope College Feb 13.

Diana Patch, Holland Township