No place for racism in this world

I detest racism. It is unacceptable. Any forms of hatefulness are unacceptable, and I denounce them all. I wholeheartedly reject them and commit to pray for those who embrace them (for it is impossible to reason with such people).

To all my friends of color (those I have met and those I have not), I am standing with you in every way I can. I will not let you walk alone, no matter what it costs me. I see you. I love you. You matter!

Carey Ann Atherton


Keep monument, but stand against hate

A few thoughts on Confederate monuments:

Sometime in my life, a long time ago it seems, I read a description of our Confederate monument that said, in much more eloquent prose than I can muster, that while most monuments in the South depict the soldier bravely facing north ready to do battle, ours shows a more thoughtful gladiator looking back to the South wondering, “What are we doing?”

I personally liked this description of our monument and would really like to keep it standing resolutely right where it is. If you feel the same, for whatever reason, there are two things we must do.

1. Explain to any locally grown Dylann Roofs that you may be aware of, that he is never, under any circumstances, allowed to go into friendly black churches (or mosques or synagogues) and kill people simply because they do not look like him.

2. Be prepared to explain, in no uncertain terms, to the leaders of the KKK, the neo-Nazis, the white supremacists and the skinheads that they are not welcome here.

Donald Trump can come as long as he promises to sit still and not say anything.

Mike King


Keep racists out ofour communities

I applaud and salute the anti-racist protesters at Smothers Park in Owensboro on Aug. 14.

Since the recent tragic events at Charlottesville, Virginia, in which a young woman was killed standing up against racism and white-supremacy, we have seen anti-racist protests all over the country, including ones in Owensboro and Evansville.

We need to make a stand against neo-Nazis, white nationalists, white-supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, the Three Percenters and other racists. We need to drive them out of our communities and make them feel very unwelcome when they come into our communities to hold rallies. They need to be confronted head-on. There is no tolerance and no place in society for those who hold neo-Nazi, racist and white-supremacist viewpoints.

No Nazis, no KKK, no Fascist U.S.A.!

Do not come to Owensboro!

Brandon Harris

Boonville, Indiana

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