Where’s the outrage, people?!
Blink and you missed it, as last week’s Trib letter to the editor dropped a bomb about a reported beating and alleged hate crime against a BIPOC tourist. More details came to light in a full length article yesterday afternoon, and the City of Pismo Beach finally responded as well. But the article still brings up a critical question: “How could this happen in Pismo Beach’s most heavily trafficked area in full view of everyone, and no one stepped forward until now?”
We reached out to local racial justice groups to get their thoughts and ideas for how U40s can advocate to end the silence:
“Pismo Beach draws attention from all over the world so we cannot allow white supremacists to scare off the BIPOC who come here to visit and enjoy themselves. There has to be a place that BIPOC know they are guaranteed safety. I tend to favor tangible solutions. I’d like the city of Pismo Beach to publicly denounce white supremacy and racism, reach out to the victim and provide compensation for the trauma (complimentary hotel stay, dining experience, therapy), reach out to the local Black community and establish a safe space for them in the city (Black Joy festival/beach event) and even announce their support for a BIPOC Cultural Center in SLO County. ”
– Nalah C. Loman, BLM Community Action
We know the amount of racially-based violence happening in the US is overwhelming, but we must not become numb. Make your outrage heard by emailing Pismo Beach City Council asking how they will tangibly assist in the healing of the victim and provide a safe place for BIPOC community members and visitors going forward.