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.