Three-Part Two Cents
Donald Trump’s racism has served as an open door to other racists, encouraging them to come out into the sunshine. And so, 13 KKK members grabbed their sheets and held a rally in Hanover in early July. It was a short 15 minutes, but as you will see, it’s left a deep scar on our county.
In this month’s Two Cents column, three HDC members give their response to this unwanted intrusion: Pat Hein who witnessed the demonstration taking place right outside her front door, Ashland District Supervisor Faye Prichard, the only supervisor who gave a strong response telling the Klan to stay out of our county, and Sandra Howard, the chair of the HDC Black Caucus who passionately spoke for minority citizens of Hanover.
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By Patricia Hein
On July 7, there was a Klu Klux Klan rally across the street from my house!
I know that hatred and bigotry abound but it is easy to believe that it is “out there, someplace else” not in my front yard.
There were thirteen people gathered in front of the Hanover Government Center. They held “Royal Order of White Loyalist” signs, some wore white robes and pointed white hats. Many cars that drove past on route 301 honked their greetings ( and maybe their approval). The experience brought me to tears. Who, Why?
Who has come to my neighborhood to express their hatred? Are these fellow Hanover citizens? Is Hanover seen as a place where such a message would be acceptable? Are they gathered on Route 301 because Rt 95 is blocked due to holiday traffic and there is good exposure here? Is this display of white supremacy now somehow acceptable because of what we hear from the White House? I have always known that our voices, leadership and votes matter. Seeing the Klu Klux Klan out my front window was sickening but also very much a call to action. I want to think that most Hanoverians believe in freedom and justice for all. We must raise our voices in our neighborhoods, churches, schools and at NRA meetings!
By Faye Prichard
Sadly, as many of you know, the KKK held a demonstration on the lawn of the Hanover County courthouse. I cannot begin to express the sickness I feel at having this despicable hate group in our county. There is absolutely no room for that kind of hate in our home. While we are often described as pretty homogeneous, the truth is we are not all one thing. We are black and white and Hispanic. We are men and women. We are farmers and townspeople as well as suburbanites. But what we all are, is Hanover County citizens. Every one of us. It is particularly offensive to see this kind of display right after we celebrate the birth of our country. We are better than this and this kind of display is not welcome here. Please know that the county had no prior notice of the demonstration.
by Sandra Howard
As Chairman of the Black Caucus of the HDC, I am concerned about the Board of Supervisors' very anemic response to the KKK's appearance and demonstration in Hanover. With the exception of Supervisor Faye Prichard, those of you who responded didn't seem too concerned that Hanover was the place the Klan picked to demonstrate and ask for membership support. And, those Board members with no response... well "the silence was deafening."
Bigotry and disdain for any human being are like cancer and it eats at the core of our Inalienable and God-given rights as our Constitution's Ninth amendment so states the concept of "inalienable rights". The Ku Klux Klan ideas represent a deadly poisonous venom spewed on black and people of color and there is no place in Hanover County or America for this deep-rooted hatred because of the color of anyone's skin. Our nation thrived on diversification and will continue to do so. We fought that war and "WON"; it ended May 9, 1865; this is 2019. We, as Americans have too many issues to deal with these immoral and hateful acts and we will continue to stand and fight against theses vile forms of oppression.
We support the Hanover NAACP's call on the Hanover Board of Supervisors to speak out against racism and inequality and replace its cavalier message with one of dignity, moral character, and support for all of the people they serve, all people of Hanover County.
Sandra R. Howard- Chairman, The Black Caucus of the HDC