Letters to the Editor

I’ve lived in Beverly my whole life, and I was appalled when I recently drove by McNally’s bar and saw its racist sign.

The sign read, “We don’t need pro athletes, but we need police officers.”

With the murder of George Floyd and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, I am offended by this sign, and I feel it should be taken down.

This is what the sign means to me:

“We don’t need innocent black people, but we need more cops (who murder people),” or, perhaps, something along the lines of “We don’t care about blacks; we need more white cops to kill them.”

The other side of the sign reads: “ Thanks CPD officers, 12 shifts no days off, yet paid 2017 wages.”

The bar is also boarded up; I’m assuming that is to prevent looting.

I have called 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea about this, and I requested that the sign be taken down. I also left a message with the Beverly Area Planning Association about the issue.

I am angry about the sign because I believe it makes black people feel that they are unwelcomed here.

Emily Schmidt