Cabrillo name change: Whites must listen – Santa Cruz Sentinel

I attended the last community dialogue on Cabrillo’s name change. What I saw and heard was that a lot of white people spoke out against the name change. I want to speak to you as a wealthy, able-bodied, white, masculine, educated, middle-class person. The reasons given were based on finances, branding and sentimentality. Whenever these conversations arise, we as those in power (middle / upper class white) convince ourselves that we have legitimate excuses not to listen to years of movements led by indigenous peoples and communities of color. expressing evil symbols, names of institutions, statues, policies and other structures to their equitable and peaceful existence. Our apologies continue to reject their appeal. This is unacceptable.

To evolve from white supremacist systems into something fair, we have to let go of our comforts, sentimentality, and need for control. We need to make room for marginalized communities to hold more power. Therefore, I am in favor of a name change.

– Anthony Ross, Santa Cruz

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