A case of racial discrimination in Greenwich?

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Is there racial discrimination in Greenwich? I’ve lived in this town since 1976 and never thought I’d ask this question. Sadly though, over the past few months a few incidents occurred which make me wonder whether discrimination truly does exist in our community.

Recently the owner of a retail space did not want to rent me office space when he found out that I was Native American. A neighbor, commented that I looked “creepy,” and proceeded to install a fence in the front of our shared property line just on one side. That wouldn’t have been too bad if she hadn’t also placed surveillance cameras aimed at my house and yard.

Now I realize that the typical Greenwich resident isn’t a Native American with long hair but, as a successful jewelry designer, I question why my heritage and appearance should be justification to deny me a store rental or to permit a neighbor to invade my privacy with 24/7 surveillance cameras.

I know there are good and decent people in this community. I have an excellent rapport with many of them, especially my other neighbors. No one deserves to be treated in such a manner. I’m the last person to ever bring up race but when faced with such issues I can’t help but feel my rights have been violated.

I really like Greenwich. It’s a wonderful place to live and I hope that these isolated incidents don’t reflect something deeper going on within this community. There is no room for discrimination in Greenwich.

 

David Fescier
Greenwich

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