I was at an event recently in Framingham and spoke to a number of people, there was not one that felt that we need a diversity officer in this city at least until numerous questions have been answered.
Is there a clear cut job description?
Is there actual proof that it is really needed, other than the hastily put together report which cost the taxpayers a lot of money and appears to have catered to what the Mayor wants?
What difference would it make would it just mean hiring more people of color even if they are not qualified?
Does the Mayor already have someone in mind?
Does that person have to be a person of color rather skilled because that is all that diversity seems to mean in this instance?
I can’t believe that the Mayor made the statement in her letter to the editor that people have said we don’t need the position because we have an African American Mayor.
Ethnicity has nothing to do with her being Mayor and should not have been a factor in anyone voting for her and if it was they shouldn’t be voting.
People should be voting for a person who is the most qualified and will hopefully do the best job for the entire population I do not care if that person is male, female, black, white or purple, democrat, republican or libertarian and frankly I am tired of people who are constantly pointing out that we have the first African American Female Mayor.
We have a Mayor period and all the matters is what type of job a person is doing; ethnicity, race or gender are or at least should be irrelevant.
The things Ms. Spicer notes in her letter that she has experienced racism from the City Council, comforted Muslim family watched Framingham State University deal with race issues is not just in Framingham.
Iit is everywhere and racism in any form is born of ignorance and comes in from many different venues it is not just indicative of Framingham.
It is sadly prevalent throughout the world.
A diversity officer is not going to fix that.
Teaching kids to get along, educating them that we are all different in some ways and the same in others, it is educating people that we are all in this together and the color, religion (or whatever you chose to define as diversity) of the teachers, employees and the coworkers should not matter to make that happen it is the people and what they can pass on as a learning tool.
Maybe the people that feel so strongly about hiring this position should fund it rather than force all of us to pay for more staffing for the Mayors office, just a thought
I hope that our City Council will vote NO to this unnecessary position at this time.