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Letter to the editor: Racism alive and 'well'

Original post made on Jun 20, 2020

In a letter to the editor in the June 19 edition, Menlo Park resident Patty New writes about an incident in which a biracial teen was verbally accosted in the city by white individuals.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, June 20, 2020, 8:33 AM


Posted by Belle Haven Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jun 20, 2020 at 10:24 am

Amen! I don't know what will happen now with law enforcement/public safety in Menlo Park. I would sure like to see law enforcement redefined as one category of public safety, with limited responsibilities. I think this would happen better with a reduced and restructured MPPD than with dependence on the Sheriff's department. If we are to have (finally!) one Menlo Park it has to have one policing practice for everyone.

Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Jun 20, 2020 at 10:40 am

If you want one standard of policing for all of Menlo Park then I think contracting with the Sheriff is a better way to go - one contract and one set of standards of policing for the entire community.

Posted by Manlo Punk
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 20, 2020 at 11:38 am

We need the police, but what about the racists outbursts this young person had to endure? If you are anything other than white, I am a person of ethnic heritage, brown not white, and live in Menlo Park, you have felt the sting of racism. All you have to do is walk into Draegers or down Santa Cruz Ave. and you feel and see the stares that silently ask, "What are you doing here?" How unfortunate it must be to feel so threatened that all you can do is dislike other people because they appear different than you.

I live in Menlo Park (and have for 30 years now) because I love a small town feel. It can use a facelift, but the place itself is still nice. Some people and attitudes however, will never change. No matter how many protests or what the sign you are carrying may say.

Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 20, 2020 at 1:53 pm

Proposed "solutions" to police incidents of racial profiling and resulting violence may have some limited beneficial results in preventing police shootings.
But they offer no solution to the underlying problem of racism in the general populace as stated by Patty and Menlo Punk.
There is no quick fix. What is needed, what is necessary, is a change in our education. We must make sure that all children have the same educational opportunities - excellent schools, teachers and administrators - from preschool through university. I say all children because a lack of proper education contributes to biases.
Equal economic opportunity is also necessary.
These will not change most of the biases of the older populace but perhaps it will go a long way in curbing biases in the new generations. And with luck the new generations can influence the older generations.

Posted by Former Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 23, 2020 at 1:06 pm

For several years I lived on Cotton St.

My impression was that the Menlo Park police had an attitude problem beyond racial issues (being white, I did not experience the latter).

Compared to police in Redwood City and Atherton, I experienced most Menlo Park police to be less service oriented and too quick to become unnecessarily authoritative and confrontational. I felt they perceived their job as to control the community rather than to serve the community.