Open Letter to Rush Henrietta Town Supervisor Cathleen Frank

Open Letter to Rush Henrietta Town Supervisor Cathleen Frank

To say I am surprised by the comments made by Doug Watson a white male member of your fire department recently calling for the hanging of Rochester Councilman Adam McFadden would be a lie. I am however, appalled by your town and department’s handling of the matter, lack of accountability, transparency, or lack of apology hereafter as highlighted by Rochester Indie Media. 
Even though you say this member’s statements do not reflect the values, ideals and views of the Town of Rush Henrietta or the Fire Department the aftermath and effective or ineffective handling of such a deeply sensitive and racist incident sends a strong message about you as a public official, your department, and leaders that work under you. You have the platform, ability, and privilege to use this as an opportunity to teach your community and hold members accountable for their overt  implicit racist biases and comments whether intentional or not. These issues have been publicly delivered to you so you can no longer plead ignorance. There are many members of the local community that have offered to lead training and guidance so that you do not lose this opportunity as a public official to address the deep seated individual and institutional racism that plagues Rochester and the segregated surrounding towns that most certainly include Rush Henrietta. So far these offers have been ignored. History has shown that ignoring racism and not responding to racist remarks does not make racism go away.
It is my hope that you take this opportunity, stand in the discomfort and move the discussion forward instead of burying your head in the sand and pretending that there is no problem which is so often the status quo by leaders locally and nationally.


Published by Calvin Eaton

(he/his/him) Calvin Eaton is a disabled community educator, content creator, and social entrepreneur, whose area of expertise includes antiracism, equity, justice, instructional design, and program development. In 2016 Mr. Eaton founded 540WMain, Inc. a non-profit online and community-based organization for accessible education and events that promote justice for all.

One thought on “Open Letter to Rush Henrietta Town Supervisor Cathleen Frank

  1. Racism Running Rampant in Rush

    “Hang his ass,” said by Rush Volunteer Firefighter Doug Watson about Rochester City Councilmember Adam McFadden.

    “Concerned community members demand that:

    Doug Watson be immediately fired for his comments provoking Racial Terror!
    Doug Watson and Robert Faugh issue apologies for their egregious, racist statements!
    The Town of Rush must issue a public statement denouncing the individual and institutional racism within the Rush Volunteer Fire Department and issue action steps it will take!
    The Town government as well as its first responders must participate in intensive anti-racism training IMMEDIATELY!”



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