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Tabatha Shoemake: 'We now have an ally in white people'


Last updated 7/7/2020 at 9:31am

Brian Soergel

Tabatha Shoemake: "It's positive to see that people see what we have been fighting against for a long time."

Tabatha Shoemake, 51, is Edmonds' senior animal control officer and 11-year veteran with the Edmonds Police Department.

As a Black woman working in an increasingly diverse but still overwhelmingly white town, Shoemake's voice is one that needs to be heard during a time when white perceptions of the Black experience are forcing them to reassess their racial prejudices and their subtle biases, the latter which today are expressed in the term "microaggressions."

The Beacon spoke to Shoemake last week about her experiences with racism, what she tells her 16-year-old son about being Black in Am...

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Reader Comments(1)

Lori Rasmussen writes:

Officer Shoemake, Thank you for sharing a piece of your life story. I am sorry you and your family are targeted based on the ignorance and cruelty of people of privilege, trying to raise themselves up by bullying you and others down. Kindly consider continuing to share, and to ask others to share their stories, and to speak out on local, regional and national issues. I am disheartened when I see white people, including me, speaking to topics of People of Color when they are not engaged.


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