May 26, 2019

Rally against racism

The MDI community was shocked and saddened by recent racial incidents – the hanging of effigies. We hastily arranged a rally of solidarity against racism and will hold another this Sunday, Nov. 16, with outreach to schools hoping to turn this sad moment into a teaching opportunity.

We see our inclusive community on MDI as the fulfillment of Dr. King’s dream, that white and black boys and girls play together as sisters and brothers. We cherish our diversity of races, religions and nationalities, and the harmony and peace among those of diverse origins.

We feel strongly that there is no place in our community for racism or its vile expression in hateful incidents like the hanging of those effigies.

We seek to not respond with hate and aggression. Our position – as we learned it from Dr. King – is that we do not turn our backs on injustice; we stand up to intolerance and exhibit solidarity in the face of racism and oppression, while holding to our principles of nonviolence.

We stood together Sunday – and will again next Sunday – to express our opposition to the criminal acts, our outrage that our community and our children were exposed to this despicable form of racism, to seek apprehension of the culprits, to give voice to our hope that this never happens again, and perhaps most importantly to act in solidarity to affirm our faith and our joy in our inclusive community.

Please join us Sunday at noon on the Village Green in Bar Harbor.

Dan Lourie

Bar Harbor

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