I read ShaRhonda Knott Dawson’s viewpoint and had to respond [White women in Oak Park are not in danger, Viewpoints, Feb. 27]. Her inferences and suppositions without evidence appear to be an unsupported and divisive position.
Taking Oak Park Police Chief LaDon Reynolds’ quote and associating it with white women is an unfounded stretch. Nowhere in his quote does he state that it is directed to a specific gender, race, age, etc. He is merely stating that Oak Park is a safe place to live. For those of us who actually live here, we should applaud that.
Additionally, it is also a stretch for her to posit that the 66,286 calls come from white women. I didn’t see, nor could I find, any demographic breakdown of call origination in the Wednesday Journal article or on the village website.
Individuals making those calls could be citizens who care about their community, the safety and welfare of their neighbors and request information or report non-criminal situations. Not a bad thing to be doing.
It could be a contributing factor as to why Oak Park is a very safe place to live, work and raise a family.