Fliers show that hate exists around us

By Thunderworld Staff

Too often in life people think that the problems that plague other communities are not impacting theirs. They are quick to point out signs of bigotry and hate in other parts of the country, but then think "Oh, this will never happen where I live."

At Highline, it is easy to think that. A mix of nationalities from all of the world interact and socialize with each other every day on campus. One trip to the Student Union and you will see people from all over the world talking to each other peacefully.

When you see video of white nationalists walking around with tiki torches on a college campus in Virginia, it's easy to think about how lucky you are to live in a community that isn't affected by that problem.

But hate still exists.

The recent fliers found on campus promoting a white nationalist group show that we cannot think that Highline is safe from the problem. People can no longer simply ignore the problem and pretend that Highline is an island that is not affected by hate.

White nationalists feel emboldened knowing that the president of the United States is willing to defend them any time there is a problem.

After the white supremacy riot in Charlottesville, Virginia last year where, a peaceful protester was murdered, President Trump said that there were good people on both sides. But he is simply wrong.

If you accept that line of thinking and normalize the fact that neo-Nazis and white supremacists are handing out fliers and feel comfortable enough to march, then it is dangerous.

It can be easy to dismiss the fliers. It is easy to think that they do not point to a larger problem and that it was just a couple of stupid people promoting hate.

Don't accept that. Don't accept fliers like these become just an annoyance that's a part of daily life, like not being able to find a parking spot.

Every time people see hate, they must call it out. People must always be on their toes, willing to call out bigotry when ever they see it. People can no longer choose to be ignorant and ignore the issue.

Otherwise it will get worse.

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