Letters to the Editor

Not in my town, Neo-Nazis

I am an antifa, third-generation. My grandfather faced down guns in a strike during the Great Depression, my father fought the Nazis in Europe. I was at the Women’s March in Washington in January. I carry a sign supporting health care for all.

In no way are the haters who beat and murdered in Charlottesville morally equivalent to me. I stand proudly with my black brothers and sisters who face a daily struggle against a society that is permeated by white ideas.

I stand with immigrants who come searching for freedom and the American dream who are now being harassed by the ICE forces. I stand with women who are about to lose control of their bodies by repressive right-to-life policies. I stand with the youth who struggle supporting families on the minimum wage.

Neo-Nazis are not only coming after some of us, but they will hurt all of us. We must rise up shoulder-to-shoulder as democracy-loving people to resist these bigots, whether they are in our streets or in the White House.

I will be as nonviolent as they allow, but they will not spread their lies, violence and hate here. Not in my town, not on my streets, not now.

Jim Ryder

Lexington

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