After the heated exchange between Dan Moroney and Susan Buchanan, the latter is getting trolled with threats. Now, this just highlights the reason for a statement and why the opposition to it is just ridiculous. Even though Ms. Buchanan was out of line with her outburst, being a public discussion and debate regarding this issue. Meaning keep it civil. The fact that she is being trolled and threatened outlines that the village still has a bunch of idiots that no matter how wrong or right, you may state Ms. Buchanan’s behavior was, it illustrates her point.
In the forum someone made the point if Oak Park, IL cannot get past a statement how can it improve on an inclusive environment for diversity that it believes the village to be. The opposition to the statement and not programs that will come late as a result of the statement is not a good look for Oak Park, IL. It shows that how backwards the village is and could impact the different businesses, systems (educational social, etc.), and residents when trying to outreach to others outside of the village’s borders.
Nowadays in an increasing ever changing America, the need to reach out and build bridges amongst diverse groups is required. No longer can one group “be on top” and hope that the others fall in line, that time is over with. Oak Park, IL with the various individuals railing against a statement, just a statement (let that sink in), is just drowning itself in a shallow pool of outdated stigmas, meanwhile dragging its residents and businesses with it. Oak Park, Il even if it completes, agrees, and puts out this statement will now always be behind the preverbal 8-ball because of the opposition and the trolling of Ms. Buchanan. Oak Park, IL will be now known as a racist, sexist, xenophobic, bias, homophobic and hate filled village because of its inability to agree upon, a statement.