Supporting Peace Instead of Hate

1 decade 1 year 6 months ago Sunday, March 11 2007 Mar 11, 2007 Sunday, March 11, 2007 5:51:15 PM CDT March 11, 2007 in News
Nearly 150 people showed up on the steps of the Boone County Courthouse to say no to hate.

"I think we've said what we've needed to say here," said Ratliff. "Today is that we've got, we've got some issues to look at. We have to look and see in the first place how did neo-Nazi group, get into our town, and then we have a more serious question of who are parts of that neo-Nazi group in our town," said Ratliff.

After the courthouse event, Sarah Myers decided to take her message to the park.

The Columbia resident has good reason to disagree with the neo-Nazis message, she's Jewish.

"I think you can't help but hearing their message and not think about the horrors of WWII, you can't hear their message and not think about the horrors of the KKK has perpetrated on people of color in this country," said Myers. "You know, it's everything that basically America stands opposed to."

At the park, it was anything but hatred and anger, instead there was a celebration.

"What we've been able to do as a community is to turn something that looked like it could be a really bad problem for us, something that we all hate to see come to Columbia, but turn it into Columbia's advantage," said Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman.

Myers can't stand the thought of the neo-Nazi's message, but she says a gathering of peace is the right thing to do.

"I think this is the appropriate way to handle it," said Myers. "I do believe, that the neo-Nazi's do have a right to march. However, this is, I think, the appropriate response to it is getting together and showing solidarity in a really positive way."

NAACP president Mary Ratliff chose not to attend the celebration at the park. She says she doesn't believe in drinking and being merry while the Nazis are marching.

Nevertheless, most who stood outside the courthouse and at Douglass Park said it's important for community support on emotional days like this.

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