The city of Palm Springs California has promised to remove a specific group of trees due to some residents believing they may have been planted with racist intent.
The trees which are being accused of racial insensitivity are the Tamarisk Trees.
A large grove of these trees had been planted along the Tahquitz Creek Golf Course, which is located in the California city of Palm Springs.
Mayor Robert Moon and council member J.R. Roberts apologized to the local residents for the actions of prior city officials and promised it would no longer be an issue for future generations.
Mayor Moon went on to state –
“You asked why it took us this long, I can’t answer that. But guess what? We’re here now.”
Both Moon and Roberts assured residents that the neighborhood had the support of the entire council.
“It’s a new city council and a new time,” Moon said.
City officials promised residents, after an informal city meeting, that the trees would be removed, according to USA Today.
The cost to taxpayers for this endeavor is estimated to be around $169,000.
This move to destroy trees seems odd at this time, given the massive loss of trees caused from the ongoing California wildfires.
The 2017 California wildfire season was the most destructive one to date. Multiple wildfires burned across California simultaneously, from the south near San Diego to up north in the San Francisco area. A total of 8,777 fires have burned 1,371,454 acres according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, including five of the 20 most destructive wildland-urban interface fires in the state’s history.
The question that arises from this is when and where do we draw the line?
If the Tamarisk Trees are deemed racist, what’s next. Certain flowers?
Many longtime residents of the neighborhood previously stated they believed the trees were planted for racist reasons in the 1960s.
Do they know for sure?
Is it not worth looking into this a little further before declaring a group of innocent earth loving trees as racist and ordering their destruction?