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Let’s do the right thing

11/27/2019, 6 p.m.
Re “Get out: Court-ordered RRHA evictions raising alarms in Creighton Court,” Free Press Oct. 24-26 edition: It is a shame ...

Re “Get out: Court-ordered RRHA evictions raising alarms in Creighton Court,” Free Press Oct. 24-26 edition:

It is a shame that many of our city’s top officials did not say anything when public housing tenants were being given eviction notices.

Thanks to people like City Councilwoman Kim Gray, 2nd District, who stood beside the advocates and the people who demanded equality and justice for all people.

I was hearing more about the Coliseum replacement project from some of the city’s top officials instead of about people possibly being evicted and thrown out of their apartments.

Have we become so hardcore that human life does not mean much to the more fortunate anymore?

The only reason this policy was halted was because of the number of people who publicly expressed dismay and outrage about these intended evictions. Some city officials did not seem to care where these people would go as long as they moved out.

Do some officials believe that the Navy Hill project is worth more than a human life? I, for one, do not think so.

I am sure many city officials did not expect to get the backlash they did when trying to evict so many from these public housing communities. Yes, these people have friends, too, and will not sit idly by while you try to kick them out into the cold.

We need to put more people in office who put people first. Some of the top officials tried to jump on the bandwagon when they found out that there was a backlash. The people who live in these communities should be treated with respect and dignity. Instead of worrying so much about a proposed Coliseum, hotel, stores and etc., let’s try to see if we can get those people on their feet so they will have a place to stay and not be in the cold.

Let’s put people first in all that we do. Whether we want to believe it or not, many of are just one or two paychecks away from eviction. It can happen to anyone. Let’s do the right thing.

ERNEST PARKER JR.

Richmond