It is unfortunate that in this day and age that bigotry, racism and
prejudices still exist in this city.
When we arrived 25 years ago, there were only a handful of Armenian
families in the city and very few Armenian businesses.
We were few in numbers, but people seemed to accept and respect us.
However, as the numbers grew and more Armenians fled Iran and Lebanon in
the late 1970s and early 1980s and the former Soviet Union in the early
1990s, resentment, racism and bigotry grew more and more.
As a member of this city, I have seen it grow into a productive and
diverse business community. I had thought that with growth and diversity,
cultural and historical learning would be achieved. But instead, we have
distrust and narrow-mindedness.
When two years ago the City Council lowered its flag in memory of the
victims of the Armenian Genocide, I felt reverence and pleased for the
City Council that has been gallant enough to take such an honorable step.
Council members had taken the politically incorrect step and put
politics aside for humanity. Instead of praised, they have been
persecuted. What I have seen has not surprised me.
I agree with the editorial ("Bigotry drives flag debate," April 17)
that the City Council should not amend its earlier decision and should
lower the flag to fight bigotry. However, a viable solution is needed for
this unfortunate situation.
Thomas Dixon has given the City Council an excellent solution: a
memorial flag to commemorate the genocide and, perhaps, bestow an
understanding among its citizens.