Deborah Skauen’s comparison of Harvard’s Select Board to the secret police of East Germany during the Cold War is both illogical and repugnant. We don’t know of anyone in Harvard who serves as an informer to a police force that imprisons anyone resisting the control of a totalitarian state. Comparing these two groups shows disrespect for the many lives destroyed by the Stasi. Through exaggeration and distortion, Ms. Skauen suggests that requiring diversity training of town employees is comparable to the imprisonment of people who don’t believe our country has a problem with racism.
Congratulations to the members of the Select Board who are considering the suggestion that more be done to combat systemic racism. They have listened to the young and idealistic voices from Arm in Arm—voices that ask that more people be educated about this problem, particularly those in public service.
Steve Peisch and Kate Lucey