It is hard to understand how much $590,000 actually is. It is the settlement amount that was paid because the cranes seen from a resident and business owner’s home were not the right color (“Everett coffee heirs get $590K over crane color, ending saga,” The Herald, Dec. 6). Yet, this summer across the nation people who were considered the wrong color paid wrongly with their lives.
This settlement is not about race, but it is about the power of the rich and the power it buys. $590,000 would pay for a meal for 147,500 families of four, maybe even a Christmas dinner. How much more vital to who we are as a community is to provide housing, jobs, schools opportunities to provide for families more than the view of the cranes a particular color. What can be done? Boycott Bargreens Coffee.
At least we can be thankful we have a local newspaper or who would have known?