Thursday, February 2, 2017

KKK in Framingham

Residents in Framingham have reported seeing KKK fliers. The cops in Framingham say nothing was illegally done. The Chair of the BOS has called it "reprehensible and said we can't do anything about it". One suggestion for the Chair would be to write a letter to the editor signed by all BOS condemning hate groups here in Town. Who do we know that has embraced and furthered the cause of the KKK here in Framingham? Who has highlighted the hateful speech of the past grand pupa of the KKK? Who has stood against certain populations of people in Town? Who has been identified as a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center? If the cops need a hint, try reviewing the hateful comments made by the three residents in Town who have shown the most hatred towards others. Two are very short and one is mentally challenged.


At February 3, 2017 at 1:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the political atmosphere as it exists in this country, I am sorry to say I expect to see a rise of groups like the KKK and others that discriminate based on color, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. I think that the majority of people don't support these groups and these beliefs, however, they ignore the creeping of these groups into our lives, until suddenly, we have a big problem. I applaud you for calling attention to this now, when it is just starting to creep into our community. We all need to raise our voices against this and not just ignore it as something that is going to go away. It is not going to go away when the person who leads our nation has shown us his willingness to judge based on religious principles. This man refused to condemn the statements of David Duke! Our new president is not the problem, and I do not mean to imply that he is. But his views have made it more acceptable for people to be mean and judgmental and even violent. Free speech is a wonderful thing, as long as we all take advantage of that right. Unfortunately, it is often those who have the least popular views who use our right to free speech most effectively and as long as those of us who disagree are not vocal in responding to them, then they will continue to spew their views and take the fact they are not being challenged as acceptance of what they are saying.

At February 3, 2017 at 3:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice idea about the Selectmen publicly making a statement, but I bet you dollars to donuts that ain't going to happen. If you look at past behavior as a predictor of future behavior, they seem to think if you ignore things, they go away. Many current selectmen were also in that position when Eurie Stamps was a victim of the Framingham Swat Team. How manyh of them publicly made a statement on that event?

At February 3, 2017 at 3:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we don’t speak up against the KKK brochures, what will they next be distributing in Framingham? Yet who do we hear speaking up against these brochures; A generic statement from the Selectmen, and Jim. Not exactly what I would call an overwhelming response to this.

I bet hundreds of women in Framingham traveled to Boston, or even Washington DC, to participate in the marches on January 21st . Yet we cannot get a group of 100 people to stand against KKK brochures being distributed in our own town.

He who forgets the past is doomed to repeat it. I ask you not to forget what bigotry and genocide have done in the past. It all started with a small event, and the people who start it are empowered when they meet no resistance.

“In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.” --Pastor Martin Niemöller, 1945

At February 4, 2017 at 1:28 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

If nothing else, this page stands against what the KKK represent.

At February 6, 2017 at 8:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stand strong Jim!

At February 12, 2017 at 12:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you see Rev. Lloyd's comments today? He is right, this is something all residents should be concerned about, not just residents of color.

At February 12, 2017 at 1:51 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Amen to that Anon. I did read the piece and wonder why our elected officials don't stand against those who further the cause of bigotry.


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