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Hate crimes in the county

 

 

Hate Crime Forum 2Fred Davis, Hessie Harris, Daryl Davis, Brian Karem, Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger and Ron Halber at the forum on hate crimes. PHOTO BY MARK POETKERMonday night the Montgomery County Sentinel sponsored a community forum on the subject of hate crime.
We invited civic leaders, county council members, our local police chief and someone from the Help Save Maryland organization.
This prompted telephone calls, some our office manager deemed “harassing” and several emails – one of which said that in tolerant Montgomery County we could not tolerate an organization like Help Save Maryland.

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How can you hate me?

 

10580230 10203559949373959 2236915944904062630 nHow can you hate me when you don’t even know me? That question, asked by local musician and civil rights activist Daryl Davis rings hard in the ears this Holiday season.
Which holiday season? Hanukkah and Christmas run concurrently this year. Ramadan was back in June and July while Mawlid is celebrated in December. Kwanzaa is also celebrated this month. And the big daddy Christmas is neigh upon us.

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Hate Crimes Spike in MoCo

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Acts of vandalism motivated by the presidential election have caused a surge in hate crimes, according to police.

In the last few weeks, vandals have drawn racist and anti-Semitic graffiti on private and public property.

On Sunday, a Silver Spring resident who lives along Williamsburg Drive found a red swastika spray-painted on his front door and saw noticed his American flag was stolen from his yard, according to Montgomery County Police spokesperson Rick Goodale.

Goodale said the homeowner had a “Trump/Pence” sign in his front yard late last month.

 These incidents are part of the more than 75 hate crimes or bias incidents reported to police in Montgomery County this year.

“We did see an increase you know during the election cycle, just prior to the election and immediately after the election,” said Goodale.

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Combating racism

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DD At Klan Rally in MarylandLocal musician Daryl Davis has unique way to combat racism. COURTESY PHOTO

Daryl Davis has spent most his life trying to answer one question: “How can you hate me if you don’t even know me?”

The 58-year-old African-American author, musician and actor from Silver Spring, has spent years studying, interacting and befriending white supremacists.

Since the presidential election of Donald Trump, who he said has energized white supremacists; Davis maintains the best way for people to confront racists is to talk with them face to face.

“The way I would challenge them is to invite them to the table,” he said. “Not shout at them but invite them to the table for a roundtable discussion.”

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Nothing to fear but . . . what?

 

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When did we become so damn scared? When did fear overtake us? Was it on 9/11? Why is everyone so afraid of Donald Trump? Or, why is everyone so afraid of Hillary Clinton?
Fear is nothing I would use to describe either one of them.
It isn’t just the Presidential race which strikes fear in our hearts.

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Ministers speak out against violence

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Sometimes life’s challenges are too vast to be resolved by a single discussion.

That sentiment moved the Montgomery County Black Ministers Conference to invite the community to prayer at Good Hope Union United Methodist Church in Silver Spring and Mt. Calvary in Rockville July 20.

The recent killings of African-American males and police in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas, drove citizens across the nation, including the Black Ministers Council, to dig deeper for solutions.

“This was an opportunity for members of the faith community lead by pastors (and) churches in the Baltimore-Washington area to mourn and join together to disavow violence against police officers and police brutality against communities of color,” said Elwood Gray, president of the Black Ministers Conference.

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And equal opportunity for All

 

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Someone suggested to us at the end of Donna Edwards’ concession speech after she lost to Chris Van Hollen for the Senate seat currently occupied by Barbara Mikulski she should have dramatically dropped her microphone.

In her scathing comments she decried the plight of our state as she lamented we were about to send an all-male contingent to represent us in the federal government.

That would be a bad thing according to Edwards.

Her concern, a well-founded one, is that women and minorities are underrepresented in government.

But her logic fails because she implies that under no circumstances should it be okay to have just male members of Congress representing the state.

What if the shoe were on the other foot? What if someone were to say there should be, under no circumstances, an all-female contingent from the state representing us in D.C.?

Why we’d have a politically correct fit and a right proper one at that.

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