Is she not a person?


To the Editor:

Taking up where President Obama challenged the nation to have a “conversation” about race, I was struck by your article (July 21, “The United Nations of staffing”) about the “United Nations of staffing” on the Vineyard. The leadoff said, “The person serving your coffee is from Ukraine. Your cabdriver is from Bulgaria. The girl getting your takeout order is from Nigeria.”

Is the college student–server from Nigeria not a person too? As a person of color and summer resident for 65 years, whose family has owned property on the Vineyard since 1905, I think that these types of subjective classifications are part of what makes the struggle for equality an ongoing effort not only in places like Dallas, Baton Rouge, or Minnesota, but right here on the Island.

Laurence W. Holland