HHRC Statement On Neo-Nazi Signs On Bates Campus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2019

CONTACT:
Shenna Bellows, Executive Director
shenna.bellows@maine.edu
(207) 776-5404

HHRC Statement On Neo-Nazi Signs On Bates Campus

HHRC Executive Director Shenna Bellows asks Maine communities not to give prejudice a free pass

AUGUSTA, Maine – Earlier this week, signs with the slogan “It’s ok to be white” were posted around the Bates College Campus. The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine’s Executive Director Shenna Bellows issued the following statement in response:

“The slogan ‘It’s ok to be white’ was created by neo-Nazis as a tool to divide us. Maine communities must not give prejudice a free pass. Lessons from history are crystal clear. Acts of prejudice like these are often deployed not only to sow division but also to test and push boundaries and the willingness of a community and society to tolerate prejudice and bias.”

“For over thirty years, the HHRC has worked to educate and empower communities to confront acts of prejudice like these and we ask Mainers to join us in promoting tolerance and a Maine that celebrates diversity and not division.”

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About the HHRC


The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine promotes universal respect for human rights through outreach and education. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other events past and present we encourage individuals and communities to reflect and act upon their moral responsibilities to confront prejudice, intolerance and discrimination.