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A statement from the Lewisboro Democratic Committee on the recent spate of swastika graffiti incidents at our local schools was published in the February 17, 2017 edition of the Bedford Record Review. The statement is reproduced here.
To the Editors:
Over the past three months, swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti have been found multiple times in or near Lewisboro schools. Like so many others, the Lewisboro Democratic Committee is deeply disturbed by such offensive and hateful displays.
We believe that the Town of Lewisboro must be a welcoming and diverse community where all are respected equally. Symbols of racism and hate must not, and will not, ever be acceptable in our town. Bigotry and hate simply have no place in Lewisboro.
We are, however, heartened by the concerned voices of so many residents who have condemned these despicable incidents. A group of Lewisboro students is already planning educational programs and events, including inviting a Holocaust survivor to speak at a school assembly. Our schools have moved swiftly, working with the police, calling on representatives of all faiths, and holding a forum. A statement was issued by a group of local clergy, school superintendents and town supervisors. We applaud these efforts.
But most disturbing is that these steps are necessary at all. How is it that in this day and age, those responsible—whether children or adults—could be so ignorant as to think such disgusting symbols of hatred and pure evil have a place even for shock value, or worse, feel entitled to use them?
We fervently hope that our town will move forward as a community of compassionate and respectful neighbors, young and old, where acts, symbols, and even whispers of bigotry are shunned.
Christina Rae & Alan Cole
Co-Chairs, Lewisboro Democratic Committee
Alan 357-1362 (M)
Christina 763-5773 (H)