Opinion: Saline residents need to stand up against racial intolerance
Although I’m no longer a Saline resident, as an alumna of Saline High School I’m sure I’ll always have a vested interest in the place I still call home.
Over the past several years, a number of incidents have forced me to look at my hometown in an unflattering light, the most recent being a playground attack that, according to reports, may have been racially motivated. In response, the Saline school district has scheduled a public forum on race and other issues for Monday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Pleasant Ridge Elementary.
A few years ago I sat -- and in some cases, stood -- in special school board meeting after special school board meeting when the community turned out in droves to protest the cancellation of the freshman football season. I can only hope that Saline residents care as much about the values they’re teaching children regarding racial diversity and tolerance as they do about high school sports. I expect attendance to be just as high and participation just as passionate at the upcoming forum as it was when the topic was football not so long ago.
Taryn A. Hartman Farmington Hills