Coverage of protest at school meeting omitted racist acts

The Herald Editorial Board missed a very important and disturbing aspect of what happened during and after the Marysville school board meeting on Aug. 18 (“Mob’s actions at school board meeting unacceptable,” The Herald, Sept. 1). In the initial Herald article from Aug. 27, it was stated that anti-mask protesters “heckled” the board members. The Sept. 1 editorial stated how the protesters “shouted obscenities and engaged in threatening behavior toward board members and district staff.” In addition, “protesters blocked at least one administrators’ car from leaving the parking lot.”

According to the Aug. 20 letter from the Marysville School District to district families and staff, “derogatory comments were made towards a district administrator of color” and “physically blocking of a second administrator of color’s car when he attempted to leave.” This situation included more than anti-maskers protesting. It showed racism toward Marysville School Board members and staff. Call it what it is.

Karen Totten


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