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Community doesn't need hate, prejudice and stereotypes | Federal Way letters
There has been a lot of talk about our community in recent months, much of this due to our upcoming mayoral primary election. The July 10 opinion article by Tyler Young ("Gay revolution in Federal Way"), and subsequent letter to the editor by T.J. Brown. got me thinking even more about this community in which I live, and the kind of community I want for myself, my husband and our two small children, and for our Federal Way neighbors.
What I do not want: I do not want to live in a community that is ruled by hate, prejudice and stereotypes. I do not want to live in a community in which the basis for belonging depends on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, or age. I do not want to live in a community where people are told to “get out…and don’t come back” because they have a difference of opinion. I do not want to live in a community in which people are told they don’t belong because they are “different.”
What I do want: I want to live in a community that is ruled by love of one’s neighbor, respect and an appreciation for diversity. I want to live in a community in which those who live here are given equal opportunities to participate and contribute, regardless of who they are or where they’ve come from. I want to live in a community where my children can interact with people of diverse backgrounds, knowing that they share similarities and differences with everyone, and that that is OK. I want to live in a community that fosters a sense of belonging for all who live here.
As residents of Federal Way, we are all part of the community — the body of people living in the same place under the same laws. What kind of community do you want to live in?
Erin Amann, Federal Way