Citizens, what are your priorities?

Dear Editor, It is with both concern and bewilderment that I write to question the recent attitude of many of our citizens, which seem to reveal a disheartening set of priorities in a world grappling with myriad challenges. One would assume that any endeavor aimed at bettering our community would be met with open arms, not with skepticism and hostility.

Recent events have prompted me to question the priorities of our citizens. It is disheartening to witness the hostility directed at a group of young women who have taken it upon themselves to make a difference in our community through charitable actions. One would assume that such endeavors would be lauded and encouraged. Our citizens apprehension towards these women’s efforts raises important questions about motivations and perception of strength. 

 Dressed as witches and riding through the city to raise funds for underserved areas, these young women are embodying the spirit of unity and compassion that should be celebrated, not met with hostility. Their street party, aimed at supporting the very populations that we often neglect, is a commendable initiative that highlights the power of community-driven change.

 However, sometimes the citizen response has been anything but supportive. Instead of recognizing the value of their contributions, many people appear threatened by the awareness these women are raising. This begs the question: Is it possible that we sometimes perceive God as so weak and fickle that a charitable event becomes a cause for concern? Is the divine really threatened by the actions of benevolent and fun-loving individuals who seek to bring joy and resources to our city? 

What is even more troubling is the decision to hold a vigil with locals for the failure of the women’s charitable event and invoking protection from supposed evil. This reaction is a glaring reflection of the dereliction of duty to the most vulnerable members of our city. 

Instead of embracing the initiative and channeling their energies towards supporting the marginalized, non-existent maliciousness has somehow been projected onto these young women. it is disappointing to witness energy being expended on thwarting a charitable endeavor, rather than addressing the deep-seated issues of this city. This act of misdirection and possibly projection raises concerns about the true intentions. It highlights a fear rooted in willful ignorance—a fear of acknowledging our cities own failures and a fear of the positive change that these women represent. By undermining their efforts, we citizens are inadvertently exposing our own vulnerability and lack of conviction in our responsibilities.

 In a time when collaboration and community support are essential, it is disheartening to witness many of us react with hostility to those who seek to make a difference. Let us not be dissuaded by fear or malice. The strength of a community lies in its ability to embrace diversity, foster compassion, and come together for the betterment of all. It is my hope we will reconsider our priorities and recognize that empowering these young women will ultimately empower the entire community. 

 Sincerely, Evelyn Dandridge