The Newnan Times-Herald


Hey, Lawrence Reed

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Mar. 14, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Just a quick libtard response to your op-ed.

Wow. You really seem to feel confident in your assertions about me, a “hard to figure out” progressive.

To put it politely, your column offended me on many levels. Is that why you sent it in? To put us liberal women in our place? To keep people of color quiet? To let the LGBTQ community know they’re not welcome here?

It must be satisfying to think you have all progressives pegged. FYI, we’re quite a diverse group. I know that’s unchartered territory for you homogenous conservatives.

Let me introduce myself with some fun facts: I march in the streets, I protest, I campaign for candidates and I contact my government officials regularly. I consider it my civic duty.

I live right here in Newnan, like you. I have a job. Actually, I have two jobs. I am a member of a church. I LOVE Jesus. I have lots of amazing friends here: Christian, Jewish, atheist, white, black, brown, straight, lesbian, gay, immigrant, conservative, moderate, progressive. Anyone I consider a friend is kind and cares about others, no matter the background.

I have kids, who have friends of all backgrounds, as well. I teach them to be open to differences, because I am a Christian and that’s what I was taught growing up in the Methodist church. Now I’m a Baptist, and I teach them that we should give back to our community and be of service to others. My Christian faith – and my family – taught me that.

I like to give back to our community and to those who may have less than I do, or may have had a less fortunate background than myself.

I have volunteered with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Friends of Chattahoochee Bend, my church, New Leaf Community Garden, Bridging the Gap, One Roof, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense and others.

I protested the Nazis when they came to Newnan because my grandfathers fought them in World War II and I thought it was my duty to stand up against hate.

I volunteer because I care about the water we all drink and the air we all breathe; having green spaces to hike with my family; feeding families who are in a tight spot; and trying to protect my children from a school shooting.

We probably have a lot more in common than you think. We’ve had different life experiences, and we see the world in different ways. We vote differently. But we both make up this community, and you need to realize that progressives are just people. We are your neighbors, your fellow congregants. We sit at the restaurant table next to you. Our kids play with your kids, play sports with your kids, attend class with your kids.

And it’s up to us. You and me and your side and my side and everyone in between to figure this all out for all of our kids. And by the way, Y’all means All.

Your divisive and offensive column is not helpful. Perhaps you could think of ways to bring this community together and write about that? Asking for a friend.

Katie Anderson