My friends and family know I lean left when it comes to politics. But this article is a prime example of the consequences of passive progressiveness, something I’ve noticed far too often in Fort Collins and Boulder, Colorado.
For instance, some residents of Boulder insist they do not have a homeless problem in the area. But affordable housing is very limited. One source relays approximately 1,200 affordable units built in the last 10 years to support a population of 100,000 residents. Any resolution to offer additional housing in Boulder City is often struck down by residents. Although Lafayette strives to do better, the truth is, there’s so much more work to be done. As a result of limited affordable housing, many homeless individuals are shipped to Greeley where we do everything we can, but still, it’s not enough.
The irony lies in how “inclusive” communities such as Boulder and Fort Collins appear to be welcoming, when in reality the condescending attitudes towards places like Greeley don’t go unnoticed. I’ve heard comments ranging from “It’s a dirty place” to “Too many Hispanics for me”. Nashville, Tennessee was far more integrated than the mountain towns out here, and I am frankly quite sick of the racist comments I hear so frequently.
You can vote how you see fit to mask the guilt, but when your choice is incongruent with your fears, something’s got to give. Check your privilege and your bias. I don’t like people who try to straddle both sides of the fence. If your values truly align with a progressive standpoint, act like it!