Thank you for your application to adopt a great dane.
I am sorry, but we are uncomfortable with the neighborhood
where Catharine Street is located.  I cannot get a volunteer
to do  a home visit there.  Good luck with your search
Cindy Kerr
Co-Coordinator for Pennsylvania and Delaware
Mid Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter."
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The italics above are full text from an email I just received. 

Backstory: My partner and I have decided to adopt a rescue dog. I'm semi-obsessed with really big dogs and had been fairly sure I wanted a great dane. They are big, beautiful and are known for their gentle demeanor. I'd recently mailed the paperwork to start the Mid Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League adoption process because they seem to do most of the great dane rescues in the area. 

So-- Cindy and whoever else thought it was a good idea to send "F you, you live in a shitty neighborhood" email to me. So many levels of shock on my part: 1. That they would choose to discredit me because of their misperceptions of the neighborhood. 2. But so what if they were even "right" about their perceptions, they would still be in the wrong because of racist and classist prejudices 3. that they wouldn't have the skill or consciousness to edit a little and avoid so blatantly saying "your neighborhood sucks and we are scared" 4. And to top it off (like with fancy sugary white icing) the email has an attached MLK quote! The irony! The incomprehension! 

I'll continue to follow in the line of MLK's advice and refuse to be silent about things that matter. Despite the fact that being turned down by an uppity dog adoption group, in the grand scheme of things, does not matter, the blatant dismissal and ignorance the group demonstrated is wrong. I love my house. I love my neighborhood. I love Philadelphia. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

sounds like you need to write an op-ed and get that shit out there, immediately... suerte con la lucha!