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.”

###

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.

{{Privy:Embed campaign=1372091}}

The Latest from HHRC

Maine Teachers: The HHRC is here for you!

By HHRC | April 7, 2020

As we transform our offerings, we’d love to hear from you. What can we do to support you? What sorts of resources will be helpful? Most importantly, how are you doing? We are here if you need us this spring.

Gerda Haas, Holocaust Survivor and HHRC Founder

By HHRC | April 2, 2020

In April 1985, Governor Brennan hosted tea at the Blaine House in Augusta for a small group of Holocaust survivors and allies to commemorate Yom HaShoah, the Holocaust Day of…

An important message from all of us at the HHRC

By Shenna Bellows | March 30, 2020

We are all facing challenges right now, but we will get through this, together. Remember the lines from the second stanza of “The Impossible Dream?”

Reflect & Act: Small Acts Have Big Impacts

By Marpheen Chann | March 21, 2020

As communities across Maine and the world grapple with the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, diseases of old, namely hate and prejudice, have made their appearance. But so too have the remedies for such vices become apparent as we strive to care and create community amidst the chaos; remedies such as hope, love, resilience and tolerance.

Watch: Maulian Dana on why Indigenous Peoples in Maine are not Mascots

By Marpheen Chann | December 17, 2019

Maulian Davis, Tribal Ambassador for the Penobscot Nation, recently gave a TEDx Dirigo talk on her work to change how Indigenous people, stereotypes, and slurs are used in schools and sports – most recently before the Skowhegan school board.