On February 12, the Curry County Democrats office in Brookings experienced a violent form of vandalism. One of the front windows was destroyed. This act of vandalism occurred in broad daylight, with no responsibility taken. Many questions are being asked. Was this a form of violent protest targeting Democrats in Curry County? Was this a racist reaction to a sign that celebrated Black History Month that was prominently displayed in that window? Was this simply a “fun” thing to do on a Saturday afternoon in Brookings?
Perhaps the important question to ask is how this could happen in a community that we all call home. Perhaps we need to look deeper into our own values as we weather these stormy times. Are we a community that believes that destroying property is an acceptable form of protest? Do we believe any action is justified if we disagree with another’s opinion? Is that the type of community any of us want to live in, raise our families in and make our home?
I believe that the Brookings community and Curry County itself are better than that. I believe that these actions will be called out for what they are – a direct assault on the rights and freedoms that every Oregonian holds dear, no matter their personal beliefs. I believe this community that we all love can and will move forward, standing strong in mutual respect.
It is hard work to create a community that flourishes for all its citizens but the support that has already flowed in from up and down Curry County has shown that we are up to the task. I look forward to the future of the place I love to call home.