|Posted by niotbillings on June 18, 2008 at 10:24 AM|
Well folks, Hate has again returned to Billings (if it ever left). We'd like to know your thoughts on what we can do as a community to stand against hate and intolerance. Please leave your comments here.
One of our Board Members sent this Letter to the Editor:
Letter: It's everybody's job to stand against hate
A local Poet has written this for our Community:
Sandblasting our Bricks Clean
They paint swastikas just thinking,
that the skin they are showing
covering their lame brains
is better than ours covering our hearts.
That Hitler?s sign is only composed
of sharp, jagged lines.
Corners doing cartwheels,
as innocent as a child?s play,
while they undermine
the real connotation in the middle.
They paint that hate on our bricks
as though this was their town and their right.
As though we are just visiting and their
mentality has been brought in for questioning.
As though they could revive an idea
that was shot down with the KKK when
blood stained their white wedding sheets
they dressed in at night. When truth shone
the light that made their silhouette look so scrawny
under the blood stained white wedding sheets of the KKK.
They paint their selfish lines of graffiti
as though those drops could change our history.
The strife of the black man and the redemption
of the white. The forgiveness on one side upheld
by the acceptance on the other. The band made between
every caucasian and colored brother. Matin Luther king
and Abraham Lincoln, Obama and Clinton, the blue-eyed Jesus
and the blue elephant, Ganesha.
They paint against our skin color, differently churches,
neighborhoods and corners, sexual partners, and moralized martyrs.
In four sharp, jagged corners they cut away
our heritage, history, harmony and honor.
With gas masks and bricks, we see a test
presented in four sharp, jagged corners:
Yes you have come this far, but can you make it longer.
And so as Obama says ?yes, we can?, as the King pronounced,
"I have a dream...", and as we say now, ?not in our town?.
Not in our town will their paint stay and ideas flourish.
Not in our town will bed sheets be worn as robes.
Not in our town will we remain silent.
No, because in our town we are all Robin Hoods
fighting away spray paint and racial slurs for the greater good.
In our town I don?t have to be black to see mistreatment
and I don?t have to be white to do something about it.
Together we will sandblast our bricks clean from
that paint. That symbol that they just thinking, not thinking,
not remembering, just remembering that this is our town
and we?ll fight to keep it that way.