By now, we have all had a chance to read Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale’s recent press statement. Not only are his statements categorically untrue, they also serve as a thinly veiled attempt at race baiting. He knows the power of his words and he knows that there is a small percentage of constituents who agree with him, but they do not represent even a fraction of Montgomery County as a whole. His language was designed to drive an even bigger wedge in our already-fractured community. Systemic racism is not a false claim nor a bogus narrative. The Black Lives Matter movement is not a terrorist organization, and to suggest otherwise is, at best, a lie, and at worst, a dangerous foray into continuing to uphold the racist barriers we are trying to dismantle.
Upper Merion is proud of our diversity, and we continuously look for ways to celebrate and communicate with our diverse population. We are proud of the work we’ve done so far, and we are committed to the work we need to do in the future to continue to enhance our community. This includes supporting an individual’s constitutional right to protest.
We stand with the other Montgomery County Elected Officials, the Police Chief’s Association of Montgomery County, and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in condemning Commissioner Gale’s statement, and urge him to retract his statements. We must all work together toward the common goal of acceptance and equality, and can only move forward together if our leaders are in support of this mission.