In Mayor Berke's April 19 version of the Berke Bulletin, he announced plans to establish a Council on Hate and indicated a focus on tolerance. I beg of him to reconsider that plan.
One problem in Chattanooga and in other places in America is that there are some people who have already established an informal version of a Council on Hate. I suggest that a more productive plan would be to establish a Council on Love, focused on appreciation of diversity. I would much rather be appreciated than tolerated. I have already experienced what happens when people hate you.
Dr. Loretta P. Prater, author of "Excessive Use of Force: One Mother's Struggle Against Police Brutality and Misconduct"
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