Germantown Should Combat Hate, Extremism and Bigotry
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Background: Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo has proposed a resolution to the Germantown, TN Board of Aldermen in support of the "Mayors' Compact to Combat Hate, Extremism and Bigotry"--a group formed by the Anti-Defamation League and U.S. Conference of Mayors after the events of Charlottesville, VA.
At least one Germantown Aldermen-- Dean Massey-- has indicated he is not in support of this resolution. We want to challenge Mr. Massey's inability to stand strongly against hate crimes and bigotry, and commend Mayor Palazzolo for his brave leadership.
We want to encourage the Board of Aldermen to approve this resolution at their meeting on Monday, August 28, 2017.
Here is our letter:
Honorable Mike Palazzolo
Dear Mr. Palazzolo,
We are citizens of Germantown, TN. We support the resolution to sign onto the Mayor’s Compact to Combat Hate, Extremism and Bigotry offered by the Anti-Defamation League and the United States Conference of Mayors. We also support Resolution No. 17R16 which is planned to be discussed at the BOA meeting on Monday, August 28, 2017.
Words are important and are reflective of the values of our community. Some may say that this resolution is meaningless and simply a feel good action. We disagree. The face our city puts forward in statements opposing hate are a clear indication of where we, as a community, stand. Our city of Germantown, built on the values of inclusion and equality, must oppose all proponents of hate. We must adopt policy that states that we will not tolerate hate, bigotry and extremism.
We are all fortunate to call Germantown home and are proud of our strong community. This proposal is not a measure of politics. It does not matter where one falls on the political spectrum when it comes to hate. What is important is that we, as a community, take steps to make our city a safe place for everyone. Local government is very impactful and important in people’s lives and shapes the way we all live together. Our city should step up and represent that it is a community for everyone and that hate, extremism and bigotry have no place in Germantown.
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