Dear Holmdel Community,
If you haven't heard, there has been a controversial discussion arising on Instagram among my peers about removing the painted blue lines between the double yellow lines on our roads in our town. On one side, many believe that the blue line is a form of racism, a way to respond against the Black Lives Matter movement and fuel police brutality. On another side, others argue that the blue line is a show of thanks to our officers in our town, and a way of saying that we stand by them for their hard work in this town. To me, it is a lawbreaker since it is against the laws to paint anything between the double yellow lines. However, the blue line also a sign of gratefulness to our officers in our town for doing their job of protecting us.
I am extremely grateful for our Holmdel police officers. As a person, I couldn't care less about what others think about me. As an Asian American, I do feel anxious when I think about how others see me because of my race. However, our town's policemen had shown me over and over again that they were there to protect and make sure people abide by the law. When our town protested for the Black Lives Matter movement a couple of weeks ago, our police stood by and made sure the protestors could protest without the distraction of cars on the road. When I was still at Holmdel High School, we had retired police officers who were placed there to help with safety and security measures.
Even if the blue line is placed as a sort of political rebuttal against the Black Lives Matter movement or as a thanks to our officers, the blue line is JUST a blue line. I repeat, THE BLUE LINE IS JUST A LINE. A blue line can be anything you want it to be. It is nothing more than what you make it to be.
But that does not mean I don't believe in the Black Lives Matter movement. Before we truly create change, we need to see that we are targeting the wrong problem. A blue line is not the root of the problems, it is the government that establishes everything in our town. Holmdel is a protected bubble. We are a town of people that have advantages that most do not have. We are also racially comprised of mostly Asians and Caucasians. We have a built-in systematic racism that needs to change first. Our town is expensive, and it fuels the idea of this exclusivity of attending our schools, living in our town and being part of our community. Our property taxes are too high for some properties, and we barely have any houses that give lower-income families the chance to send their kids to a good public school.
A blue line hardly seems of importance when compared to the large system we have built over the years. To install change, we need to vote for people in our local government who want better and want to improve the systems for not just our locals, but those who want to join our town. We need to work with our towns officials to improve these systems we have in place. Our systematic racism must be fixed, not a blue line. We must properly innovate to elevate our government system.
- L. A. Wang