Wednesday, March 31, 2010

More on Anti-Racism & Jackson

I forgot last week that I was going to put up the words I said at the Unity Rally.  So here they are:

Last week people came into our community to spread  a message of hate.  They came here thinking that we would be fertile ground on which to sow to seeds of racism, anti-semitism, xenophobia, and homophobia.

They don't know Jack--son.

I've been here only 5 1/2 years, but I know this is a community that was the birthplace of the Republican party, founded on ideals of equality and freedom for all races.  I know this is a community which has been home to one of the oldest Jewish communities in the state.  I know the Jackson that was a stop on the Underground Railroad.  And I know the Jackson that has been a home for members of my little religious community, a church that represents God's universal love for all people, for over 150 years.  I've seen a Jackson with dozens of non-profit agencies working altruistically to better people's lives.  I've seen a Jackson where people who are Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Native American, Baha'i and atheist can worship and give thanks together.  I've seen a Jackson where we know our strength is in diversity, our pride is in our unity, and our future is in spreading the message of love, not hate.  That's Jackson.

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