Send your letter to the editor via email to news@summerlandreview.com. Please included your first and last name, address, and phone number.

Send your letter to the editor via email to news@summerlandreview.com. Please included your first and last name, address, and phone number.

LETTER: Evaluate the risk of harm associated with specific actions

For example, marketing racist symbols has the effect of making minority families feel unsafe

Dear Editor,

I am writing this letter in response to the dialogue occurring in Summerland regarding items displaying the confederate flag being sold in a local business.

I have read the owner of the Dollar Store‘s Facebook post, asking for an apology from Toni. I am writing to let you, and the residents of Summerland know that I stand with Toni.

The Lekhi family has undergone what no family in Summerland should – the destruction of property is only a small fraction of the harm perpetrated and fear instilled. Every family that lives in Summerland deserves to experience safety, respect and acceptance.

The parade that occurred afterwards was a show of support, unity and togetherness for all citizens of Summerland.

In contrast, the individual who attended with a confederate symbol displayed a show of disrespect, racism and otherness.

Rather than questioning Allan’s or Toni’s character, I would reccomend that the citizens of Summerland evaluate the risk of harm associated with specific actions. For example, marketing racist symbols has the effect of making minority families feel unsafe, unheard and unseen. Toni simply destroyed this symbol, an act of progression, multiculturalism and unity – which is what Summerland (and Canada) should stand for. I would hope that every single Summerland citizen would support this.

I don’t believe Allan is a bad person. I believe that he sold a racist symbol and was held accountable. Rather than owning up to his mistake, he deflected attention towards Toni’s behaviour. I am proud of Toni. I feel better knowing confederate flags are not being sold in Summerland.

I was born and raised in Summerland and spent 18 years here. With the lack of diversity and education about racism, I’ve also made mistakes. The difference is, when I’m called out, I apologize and commit to doing better. I would love to see others do the same.

Cassidy Clements

Summerland

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Kelowna’s Trinity Church will serve as one of the Central Okanagan’s three COVID-19 vaccination clinics. (Trinity Church Kelowna/Instagram)
Three COVID-19 vaccination clinics to open in the Central Okanagan

The first will open at Kelowna’s Trinity Church on March 15

Forty-seven vaccination clinics will open across Interior Health beginning March 15. (Canadian Press)
48 COVID-19 vaccine clinics to open across Interior Health

Select groups can book appointments starting Monday

Vernon’s Jim Cotter (left) and Steve Laycock of Saskatoon will try to rebound Sunday, March 7, at the Tim Hortons Brier Canadian men’s curling championship in Calgary after an opening-game defeat. (Black Press file photo)
Team B.C. bows in Brier opener

New Brunswick uses hammer to score two in 10th end for 7-5 win over Steve Laycock

(Tesla)
New Tesla charging station launches in West Kelowna

This comes after the installation of a Tesla charging station in Kelowna

Seniors in the Interior Health region can book their COVID-19 vaccinations starting Monday, March 8, 2021 at 7 a.m. (File photo)
Seniors in Interior Heath region can book COVID-19 shots starting Monday

Starting March 8 the vaccination call centre will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

Elvira D’Angelo, 92, waits to receive her COVID-19 vaccination shot at a clinic in Montreal, Sunday, March 7, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
‘It’s been a good week’: Tam hopeful on vaccines as pandemic anniversary nears

Tam says the addition of two new vaccines will help Canadians get immunized faster

There is no true picture of how many youth in Penticton are experiencing housing instability or true homelessness. The Foundry and the city of Penticton are trying to find that out.
How many youth are experiencing homelessness in Penticton?

Foundry Penticton and the City have partnered on a youth survey open until March 13

Chelsea Ishizuka was borned and raised in Penticton but has now moved to Japan. When she found out there was a popular restaurant there named after Penticton, she had to go check it out. Here she is with the owner (right). (Facebook)
Popular restaurant in Japan named after city of Penticton

A Pentictonite now living in Tokyo discovered the eatery and the history behind its name

Coldstream’s Kalamalka Secondary has teamed up with Globox on a fundraising raffle for its graduating class of 2021. (Photo supplied)
Okanagan secondary school grads glowing over fundraiser

Kalamalka Secondary teams with company on fundraising raffle, replacing annual apple pie fundraiser

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

Pictures and notes in from friends and classmates make up a memorial in support and memory of Aubrey Berry, 4, and her sister Chloe, 6, during a vigil held at Willows Beach in Oak Bay, B.C., on December 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Mother of slain daughters supports recent changes to Canada’s Divorce Act

Sarah Cotton-Elliott said she believed her children took a back seat to arranging equal parenting

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Multiple people were injured at a Vernon home following an early-morning break-in Saturday, March 6, 2021. (Black Press file photo)
Multiple people left injured following break-and-enter in Vernon

Police believe the early-morning break-in was targeted and not a threat to the general public

Most Read