Antifa, graffiti | Letters

Sep 13, 2017

Antifa not as bad as fascists

Based on a recent letter to the editor in the Edmonds Beacon, it seems that some people may be confused about the difference between antifascists (antifa) and fascists.

There is a perplexing assumption among some that antifa are "just as bad" as fascists. I'd like to point out that right-wing extremists have murdered some two dozen people just this year, while antifa members have caused no deaths.

Alexandre Bissonette walked into a mosque in Canada and opened fire, killing six people. Adam Purinton shot to death a man from India after telling him to "get out of my country." James Jackson stabbed to death a black man in Manhattan, telling authorities that he intended to kill as many black men as he could.

These are just a few examples of the violence that antifascists want to defend people against. Fascists include murderers and terrorists. Antifa include people trying to stop right-wing terrorism. That's the difference.

Cory Hanson


Candidate responds after anti-Semitic graffiti

I am a candidate for the Edmonds School Board. Recently, I discovered that one of my campaign signs had been defaced by anti-Semitic graffiti. My first thought was, "This doesn’t feel like home," and my instinct was to retreat from the public eye and protect my children.

Then I remembered all the love and attention they have received over the years from so many in our community to become the terrific boys they are today. I’m not going to allow a small-minded attack to diminish all we’ve accomplished together.

Eleven years ago, my husband and I chose Lynnwood the way I think a lot of parents do – find a neighborhood with the best schools you can afford. Find a place that feels like home. And we chose well: My children have been raised by a village of caring teachers, staff, and other parents and concerned adults in our neighborhood.

It’s one reason I’m running for School Board director, to continue to give at least as much as I receive.

When experts talk about equity, inclusion and removing barriers to learning, I think what they’re really talking about is love. We all want our children to feel loved, to feel at home. We have a sense that their learning in school depends on this, because if they don’t feel loved, how will they come to love learning?

And this is how we as a community answer acts of hate, not with more hate or resignation or fear, but with resolve to create and maintain loving schools. I’m pleased and grateful every day that Edmonds School District has many talented, caring people working hard to make this a reality.

In the face of bigotry, we must simply redouble our efforts to make our district a home for every child, in every school. That’s what I’m going to do, and I feel confident that I am not alone.

Deborah Kilgore


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