WTP: There’s never a place or a time for hate speech

Note: This is my Write to the Point column I wrote for the May 4 issue of the Cheney Free Press.

“Hate radio, hate speech, hate groups, hate crimes really don’t fit in, in the America that we know today,” — Kweisi Mfume, former President/CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

I’ve seen hate speech in different forms, but vandalism seems to be one of the more common types of spreading it.

One example of this was last Friday (April 28) when graffiti was found on the back door of the Community Building in downtown Spokane.

It’s not uncommon to come cross graffiti in a city like Spokane or even in smaller municipalities like Cheney, Airway Heights or Medical Lake. If you look hard enough, you can see graffiti almost anywhere — under bridges, on entrance signs or even in bathroom stalls. However, this display was a bit jarring because it included anti-Semitic messages, including one proclaiming that Adolf Hitler “did nothing wrong.”

To read the rest of the column, follow the link.

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