Lewis W. Diuguid

Walking the talk against neo-Nazi hatred

Updated: 2013-11-13T00:32:02Z

By Lewis W. Diuguid

The Kansas City Star

The shouting this weekend has subsided, and the offensive white supremacists have crawled back into their holes.

It is good that Kansas City area residents came out to offer counter-protests over the weekend to the National Socialist Movement’s rally downtown. It’s not surprising, the offensive neo-Nazis were only able to gin up a few people for their much hyped rally.

Their success was all of the media attention they got.

Kansas City area people, including Mayor Sly James, stepped up to counter the hate. Although the neo-Nazis were few, their gathering in Kansas City gives the area an unfortunate label of being a comfortable nesting place for racial and ethnic hatred.

It boils down to an issue of show much more than tell. People in this community — with its equally offensive in-your-face segregation, discrimination, racism and bad schools for people of color — will have to do a lot more than yell at neo-Nazis to definitely show that people here universally welcome diversity, strongly oppose racial and ethnic hatred, and truly mean it.

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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