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There is the part of the storyline in “Robin Hood” the movie where the bad guy prevails upon his underground mother, she advises him to hire henchmen, not of the area, to help subdue the good guys. A similarity came to mind when I read the letter from the writer from Golden, Colo. faulting Mr. Aragon.
In the estimation of many, Mr. Aragon was a respected faithful administrator of his post through all his term. A CDC group chaired by Muriel Eason took issue first with Mr. Aragon in a bigoted way, taking part in their own presentation titled “Barriers to Progress” where racial allegations were presented against local Hispanics.
Racism was aimed at Mr. Aragon and his “followers,” bigoted remarks made about “older Hispanics too long in political power.” Presuming too, that the followers all live downtown, are Hispanic, all sway the vote contrary to what this board wants. But that board was “seeing the light at the end of the tunnel,” when these powers stepped down or their term expired, or they could be eliminated.
They met for what could be done to remove these barriers of people with the “poor me-we-don’t-deserve-any-better mentality and who feel they do not really deserve good things, that despite being poor are opposed to change, being stupidly happy and proud, suspicious of newcomers, thinking they are fine as we are, and not wanting growth.” Alluding to having identified “the culprits” grandly presented a “favorite bumper sticker” that read: The truth will set you free. But first it will make you angry.
Not sharing data so much as insinuations, their childish taunting was documented by Bill Hudson of the Pagosa Daily Post.com, present at this meeting. In his posts, he identified their targets, posing his own question, “Could It Possibly Be the Hispanic?”
Mr. Aragon’s daughter wrote the first letter stating offense. I presumed because the group had derogatorily made mention of her father, her name mired in connection, sounding alarm of what I thought were her concerns with the bigotry of an institution.
After introspection, the man who had shared the bumper sticker wrote a letter of apology via the editor of The SUN stating his intent to step down from a board that he said had gone in a direction he had not foreseen or intended, apologizing for his actions, embarrassed of his own behavior, putting action to words, accepting blame for his part, stepping down, asking forgiveness of these he had hurt by his words.
Perhaps the first person attacked, Mr. Aragon, intended his own letter as a reminder to the remaining bad-apple-idealists, a reminder to take an introspective look at their own first-hand and harsh attacks, while looking to some unfinished business; verbally asking for that chair’s resignation, as should happen.
Mr. Aragon does not stand alone in his sentiments. There are others expecting the same. Institution racism and bigotry should be exposed, not tolerated. That organization has expended its usefulness and siding with them is tantamount to enablement.