We unambiguously condemn the disturbing flyers distributed in our community by supporters of the Ku Klux Klan, as well as the racist and anti-Semitic graffiti on the walls of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.
This is not who we are, and we must never give in to those who incite fear and hatred – never. All of us must do our part to ensure hate has no home here in Berkeley Heights. The forces of hatred are emboldened by the silence of good people. We must speak up.
But our community must also go beyond words. We need to do all we can to support those who are angry and upset. We must partner with community groups working toward eradicating hatred, racism, and prejudice. Most of all, we need to listen to community members and organizations who are most directly affected by these displays of hate and intolerance. We need action, not just words, to ensure everyone truly feels they belong in Berkeley Heights.
We will make it a priority to support the work of these community groups and engage with them on a regular basis. Our ongoing, constructive dialogue should seek to educate all residents on how we can work on seeing the world through the eyes of marginalized members of our community, so that we can better understand their perspective.
This struggle is not new, nor will it end soon – but we must do our part to end hate.