Dear Mayor Presgraves:
In light of the backlash following your Facebook post about Joe Biden’s potential running mate, I am writing to suggest that you embrace this opportunity to demonstrate the spirit of humility and love that characterizes our small town by publishing a statement in which you convey your understanding of the reasons why some Luray residents took offense to your actions.
As evidenced by The Washington Post’s interest in your remarks, the controversy caused by your post reveals a division over racial injustice that is ripping at the social fabric of communities far beyond the borders of Luray, Virginia. In every state around the country, advocates for a more respectful society are being pitted against those who are concerned that today’s societal standards are impossible to meet.
By issuing a statement that demonstrates your ability to understand your critics even if you do not agree with them, you will give citizens in Luray and around the country new hope for reconciliation and healing. You will give your critics on the Luray Town Council an opportunity to continue working with you in good faith for the remainder of your term. And you will give constituents who were disheartened by your actions a chance to re-embrace you as the public leader they know and love.
In short, you will remind Luray and America that disagreement does not have to mean division.
Christopher J. Wells
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