Has Rye Changed Since the 1940s?

Abby Bozek

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Over this past weekend, I was sitting in my living room alongside my father, watching the tv. In his hands was the Rye Record, and he was reading the section, which in my opinion, is the most fun: the crime section. Basically, this details any minor issues that occurred in Rye. Yet instead of them being funny, the ones my father read were just sad. They detailed a black ConEd worker going to a customer’s house, and the customer found it “suspicious” so they called the police. He did work for ConEd, and this individual simply just profiled them as something they weren’t. There were multiple reports just like this, where police were called due to racial profiling. This begs the question, has Rye changed since the 1940s? 

 

After reading these articles my father stated that since our house was built in the 40s, we were given a “community rulebook” that was from the 40s/50s. This basically outlined what could and couldn’t be done in Rye. My father stated that one of them was that a black person could come to one’s house, but could not sleep there. With this information, I asked myself if our community has really changed since then? Of course, we are better than the 40s. We aren’t blatantly racist or misogynistic, but one similarity is glaringly obvious. The embedded, internalized racism in our society. Whether it be in the form of community guidelines or calling the police, both have to do with the fact that there are many individuals in our society that hold onto these racist ideologies, whether they mean to or not. They have been so embedded into our society that some don’t even realize when they are dealing with an issue of safety or straight-up racial profiling. It is an issue that most of us didn’t realize, but manifests itself in our community. 

This issue of societal racism is so prevalent in our community, yet nobody talks about it. People are scared to have the discussion. Everyone is hesitant, and it’s time to end this. Let’s have the discussion, and let’s make our society truly inclusive.

 

This piece is not a reflection of the entire Rye City School District.