I would like to thank ShaRhonda Knott Dawson for her recent columns citing issues of race and inequity in Oak Park [Back on the racism-monitor beat, Viewpoints, June 12]. I appreciate you raising your viewpoint and challenging the prevailing idea that Oak Park is a diverse, welcoming place for all, and even if that were the case, it would not be the same as creating a truly equitable community. Too many of our fellow Oak Parkers do not believe that we should be working toward equity — achieving equal outcomes across groups.
If one believes, as I do, that human qualities are not passed out in different measures to different racial, ethnic, gender, or other groups, then it is natural to believe that an equal distribution of intelligence, persistence, and other qualities should lead to equal outcomes, not between all individuals, but between racial, ethnic, gender, and other groups.
Since that is not the case, something is getting in the way, namely systems of oppression. Thank you again, Ms. Dawson, for continuing to call this out in Wednesday Journal.
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