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[personal profile] asakiyume
A few weeks ago, my neighborhood had a bunch of KKK newspapers dropped in it. Very upsetting. So, a group of us in town organized a community picnic so everyone in town could reaffirm what sort of town we want the town to be.

Here's a video** from the event. You can see me attempting a bean-bag toss I designed. (I was going to make it an eclipsed sun but decided on a sunflower instead.)



(Here's a picture of just the bean bag toss, after i finished painting it. It has a black piece of tissue paper that hangs down behind it to make the hole look black, but wind has blown it up in this photo)



And here are two views of a mural whose painting I oversaw. That was the most fun: talking to all the kids, parents, and grandparents who participated in the painting.





Last but not least, a local paper's photo essay from the event. The town, like much of the rural New England, is very white, but even very-white New England is diverse if you have open eyes. My neighborhood includes people from Cambodia, Brazil, Romania, and Croatia, and the apartments nearby include families whose first languages are Chinese and Spanish. Religiously, the town is home to people of numerous Christian denominations as well as Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, agnostics, atheists, and areligious. In terms of sexual orientation and gender, my near neighbors are a lesbian couple with three teen and young-adult children, and there are several other same-sex couples in town, as well as transgender and genderfluid folks. It includes active-duty members of the armed services, civil-rights activists, people who've been in the region for generations and people who arrived in the past ten years, farmers, tradespeople, professional people, stay-at-home parents, artists, people coping with chronic illnesses and disabilities .... in other words, it's a diverse community, despite the dominantly pale faces it puts forward, and people enjoy it that way. So the KKK can go elsewhere in search of recruits or people to intimidate.


**If you have a Youtube account and feel inclined, you could give it a thumbs up--currently it's got as many negative votes as positive ones (which is to say, one each, heh).

Date: 2017-08-29 02:52 pm (UTC)
cmcmck: (idiots)
From: [personal profile] cmcmck
Well done all of you.

If anyone pushed a far right paper at me, I'd shove it right back at 'em where it would do the most good!

Date: 2017-08-29 03:03 pm (UTC)
cmcmck: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cmcmck
Sounds about the sort of thing the average fascist coward would do- sneak about in the dark doing deeds of ill will............

Date: 2017-08-29 03:37 pm (UTC)
petrichor_pirate: (Default)
From: [personal profile] petrichor_pirate
That sounds lovely!

Date: 2017-08-29 04:50 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] indigocreek
What a nice event. The mural looks beautiful!

Date: 2017-08-29 07:03 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Aw, that's wonderful.

Date: 2017-08-29 10:58 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Lord Peter Wimsey: passion)
From: [personal profile] sovay
(Here's a picture of just the bean bag toss, after i finished painting it. It has a black piece of tissue paper that hangs down behind it to make the hole look black, but wind has blown it up in this photo)

That's wonderful.

Congratulations to you and your community. I am glad there is so much more diversity in it than the common presentation.

Date: 2017-08-30 06:15 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Haruspex: Autumn War)
From: [personal profile] sovay
But. But BUT BUT. I will always, always, always prefer to live in an admixed, impure, heterogenous place, so I'm going to work hard for such places to survive.

Amen.

Date: 2017-08-30 10:00 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] khiemtran
That's heartwarming to see! I hope you all had a great day...

Date: 2017-09-01 07:32 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] khiemtran
Wow, twenty years! I see what you mean about being both happy and sad. I remember an article in a local paper by a woman who was leaving Sydney because she and her partner had moved here a few years ago and hadn't managed to make any friends. Her article was mainly about how cold and unwelcoming Sydney was, but obviously people's experiences can vary wildly. We've been lucky enough to live in a place where we get on with most of our neighbours and we have regular dinners and gatherings, but there are some that we never see at all (despite various invitations). Maybe some of them think of Sydney as just as unwelcoming...

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