R-88 will strengthen communities by protecting rights of all

I would like to thank Mr. Garcia for sharing his positive experience in Mill Creek in his Oct. 14 letter opposing Referendum 88. Several years ago I witnessed another man’s experience that was quite different. A friend and his family were moving to Everett from Texas. Joe decided to rent a house for several months, so they would have time to house hunt, before buying.

Joe made several appointments over the phone to see rental properties. I drove him to the houses, because I knew the area. The owner was waiting for us at the first house. He looked at Joe, and said, “this house won’t work for you” and closed the door. He was anxious to rent the house until he saw that Joe was black.

Joe rented the next house, and still lives in the community. His three sons have graduated from college, and also live in the community with their families. We have a better community because of the Hollimon family.

R-88 will not create a quota system. It will protect people from having doors unfairly closed on them. It will allow us to remedy discrimination without using a quota, or preferential treatment.

R-88 will insure my family, and Mr. Garcia’s family will be served by the best teachers, the best doctors, and the best professionals in every field.

Mr. Garcia stated in his letter that he didn’t want his neighbors to be punished for welcoming people of other races into their communities. Communities are shared, and not owned. R-88 will only strengthen our communities, by protecting us all from having a door unfairly closed on us.

Please join me, and others who oppose discrimination, in voting for R-88.

Michael Therrell


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