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Will love trump hate? Capitol demonstrators hope so

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LOVE THEY NEIGHBOR: The message on the speaker's shirt specifically  identifies homeless, Muslim, black, gay, Jewish, Christian and other neighbors. - BRIAN CHILSON
  • Brian Chilson
  • LOVE THEY NEIGHBOR: The message on the speaker's shirt specifically identifies homeless, Muslim, black, gay, Jewish, Christian and other neighbors.
A crowd of more than 100 people gathered at the Capitol last night. It was not a protest of Donald Trump's election, but a Vigil of Solidarity.

The purpose, said one participant, was a demonstration "against racism, sexism, misogyny, xeno- and homophobia. We want scared people to feel safe."

Brian Chilson has posted more photos here.

Evidence multiplies around the country that some people have reason to feel unsafe.

What's occurred goes beyond winner- and loser-taunting — the poor sportsmanship sometimes evident after athletic or election contests. There's been overt abuse, particularly aimed at minorities — black, Hispanic, LGBT. Women, too, have felt threatened. It's evident that the election outcome empowered many of the abusers.

Again: It's past time for leaders who might be viewed as having given rise to the open displays of bigotry to repudiate it.

BRIAN CHILSON
  • BRIAN CHILSON



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