I know this artical is a couple years old but there is still a vivid image in my head as if this all happened last week. I feel it is important to bring this story up to remind everyone that, even in our own backyards, hate crimes occur everywhere unfortunately. What’s important is how the community bounces back and how we fight back to prevent another one’s actions from hurting our Neighbors.
“Get the [expletive] out. Aryan Knights of Fairview Park” is what one African American family found written on a note along with a noose hanging from a tree one morning in the city of Fairview Park. How does one go explaining this? How does a neighborhood begin to heal and recover? Well, Fairview Park used their voice, as the mayor, city schools, city hall and local churches united and posted throughout the city: “Everyone Is Our Neighbor”. That message couldn’t be more clear because, being an American and living in one of the world’s most diverse countries, we can cover come things such as this incident. I hope whoever dared to plant that noose and scribble those words of nonsense, can overcome themselves and become a neighbor.