Letter: In This, There Is Nothing to Divide Us

To the Editor:

Over the past few days, I have experienced multiple emotions ranging from frustration, sadness, and anger, to disgust. Racism and violence in any form are intolerable to our way of life, and what happened to George Floyd is beyond reprehensible. There is absolutely no circumstance when it is acceptable or appropriate to support any act of hate. We have to do better as a society to reject all forms of bigotry and find ways to unite despite the evil actors who surround us.

I believe protesting and voicing our concerns is an amazing right we have in this country. I find hope in peaceful forms of protest. In the wake of this horrific death, we as a community can join together, in a peaceful way, as so many of us here have done, and reject cruel treatment against another human being.

This is an issue that transcends political, religious, and philosophical views. It is a question of basic humanity. In this, there is nothing to divide us. On the contrary, I hope that this event will bring us closer and give us the strength to stand up together and fight against racism.

Patrizia Zucaro

1 COMMENT

  1. As a black person in America, I learned early on that there is no right or wrong response. If I stay silent, it seems like complicity of a system built against me. If I speak, some perceive that as finger pointing at the “other.” But these are different times so I am going out on a limb to speak. And I encourage anyone who wants to speak with me directly to reach out to me at info@votestephaniethomas.com.

    Upon reading this letter, I was struck by the first line: “Over the past few days, I have experienced multiple emotions ranging from frustration, sadness, and anger, to disgust.” It is with sadness that I realize that I have lived with all of those feelings for as long as I can remember. For over half a century I have had to not only get out of bed, but find a way to succeed, find workarounds in the system, even thrive, despite this constant assault on my soul. But I did it. All the while, remembering to help all people along the way in my career choice, in my volunteer work, in my public service.

    Many people have asked if they thought my race played an issue in the 2018 election and I am always pleased to say that no, I don’t think so. I knocked on thousands of doors in Wilton and I never once felt like I got “the look.” That is a wonderful testament to Wilton. The community embraced me and I have many friends in town. I was personally very grateful for the large turnout at the vigil and was proud to stand in the crowd with you all, even though it was difficult. I’ve especially appreciated all the people who have reached out to see how I am doing and for all the groups that have provided space to have these important conversations about race in an effort to make our community, and world a better place.

    Thank you Patrizia for your letter. In this, there is indeed nothing to divide us.

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