It was a day for awareness Monday, as various community groups joined the YWCA of Greenwich at Town Hall in one of its core missions — eliminating racism.
The YWCA’s “Stand Against Racism” initiative is being carried out by more than 75 other YWCAs across the country, and Greenwich marked it Monday with declarations from town leaders.
“There are still some people who believe that only some of us are created equal,” said Adrianne Singer, the YWCA of Greenwich’s president. “There are still some people who believe that hatred is a tool for progress.”
The YWCA effort is a response to the rapid rise in hate groups — a 54 percent increase in the last eight years, Singer said.
U.S. Rep. Jim Himes said state residents may have become complacent, despite the facts that Connecticut is where African captives from the Amistad slave ship won their freedom, and is one of the few states that allow same-sex couples to marry.
“Just when you are tempted to feel that sense of complacency, just when you’re tempted to look back on your history and say, `We do OK here’ — that it’s not our problem, it’s Alabama’s problem, or Wyoming’s problem — that’s the moment when you need a day like this,” Himes said.
A number of town organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich and the United Way of Greenwich, have also signed on to the initiative. The town’s schools marked the day in various ways, including through pledges, designing posters and participating in discussions.
Superintendent of Schools Sidney Freund said people must be vigilant to ensure that those responsible for education view all children equally.
Throw all these idiots out – all of them, Sigmund Freud among them. We are now governed by a black president, elected by a majority of American voters. Anyone who claims that blacks are still suffering under the racist whip of white Americans is either entirely delusional or – gee, do I dare say it? – pandering to black voters. Shame on you, Jim Himes, and shame on you, Mr. Freund. Together, you’re working on the ruination of this country.