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Sarai Rivera, Ministers Denounce Imaginary Hate Speech Against People Of Color In Worcester

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Worcester MagazineMore than 40 Worcester faith leaders from many religions and denominations gathered at City Hall on April 13 to take a stand against unspecified instances of hate speech they said is intensifying against communities of color in the city.

“We believe in a Worcester that can stand united and strong,” read the statement, read by District 4 City Councilor and Rev. Sarai Rivera. “It is sad that there has been a rise in racial tension throughout the nation and it has touched us here at our home. We stand united as faith leaders against the increased intensity of hate speech directed at people of color in Worcester. This hate speech is intended to degrade and intimidate, creating a hostile environment that we will not embrace or condone, that we will not succumb to or be silent in.”

Rivera declined to point to any one instance of hate speech the event was responding to, saying instead the group was looking forward to the Department of Justice facilitated conversations announced by the city last week.

“Today we stand and call for an end to all the hate speech so that as a community we can proceed ahead,” the statement continued. “We look forward to the community conversations that were announced by the City Manager and Mayor which will be facilitated by the Dept. of Justice. These dialogues on race are coming at an important time in Worcester’s history. We are at a crossroads. As leaders of faith in this community we encourage full and active participation in this multi-part dialogue. The events of the past few months should make it clear that the path forward requires all of our participation, all of our perspectives and all of our life experiences.”

“We understand that the process of pursuing racial justice can be difficult and that too often the finger gets pointed at those raising concerns, rather than at the structures and institutions perpetuating disparities and injustices,” the statement concluded. “We believe though, that through a process of honest dialogue we can come out all the stronger.”

Rev. Aaron Payson of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester said he wanted city residents to “transcend hate speech and listen with the ear neighbors give to neighbors.”

“[To those who have] chosen the path of hate and vitriol, take this opportunity for self-examination,” Payson said. “We need your experience, not your condemnation.”

Rev. Clyde Talley of Belmont AME Zion said the focus going forward should be on the example people are setting for the children of Worcester.

“They have seen from some of us the ugly side of how we handle things as adults,” Talley said.

The president of the Brazilian Ministers Network, Rev. Josimar Salum, said he was looking forward to moving past hate speech into a better future.

“We have to forget the wounds of the past, the distress of the past,” Salum said.

Rivera said after the event more people were still signing onto the statement, and the people included would make a good email list of people to include in future conversations.

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Serious question – what the hell are they talking about? What hate speech? Look, I can see what’s going on here. “Hate speech” is the new hippie buzzword for “Something I read on Turtleboy one time and didn’t agree with.” We all know that none of this would be going on if Turtleboy Sports wasn’t routinely calling out Sarai Rivera and all her friends on their shenanigans. Just a reminder that Councillor Rivera was a guest speaker for the protesters right before they were inspired and instructed to blockade Kelley Square illegally:

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This right here said it all:

“Rivera declined to point to any one instance of hate speech the event was responding to, saying instead the group was looking forward to the Department of Justice facilitated conversations announced by the city last week.”

She couldn’t name a single instance of “hate speech” because no such hate speech has occurred. This myth that racism is running rampant in Worcester has been proven to be nothing more than a false flag so that the Mosaic Cultural Complex can keep getting your tax dollars, and people like Joyce McNickles can sell more diversity training.

I agree that hate speech is bad. That’s why we are anti-hate speech at Turtleboy Sports. We find all the “fuck the police” rhetoric to be quite hateful. I could document countless members of these “protester” groups who have said hateful things about people who read Turtleboy Sports. Here’s some more hate I’ve seen in Worcester in the last few months:

  • We could talk about Clive McFarlane hating teachers, particularly those who advocate for a safe learning environment.
  • We could talk about Lisa Dyer’s HATE-FILLED email to her faculty in which she called one of her teacher’s “racist” for suggesting that she judges students based on their merits and character, rather than their skin color.
  • We could talk about how the hatred of the Worcester Police directly led to students and faculty members getting assaulted at North High School.
  • We could talk about the protester boycott sending hateful messages to local small businesses who are trying to make ends meet.
  • We could talk about Old Balls hating the fact that Matlock got cancelled.

There is a never-ending supply of hate speech from these lovely people. And despite the fact that I am extremely frustrated with their circus act and race-baiting tactics, I still love them all.

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You know what I hate? I hate the fact that the Justice Department is coming to Worcester. I hate it because it implies that Worcester is a haven for racism, when we all know that it’s not. I hate the fact that we have a mayor who is too gutless to tell the federal government, “Thanks, but no thanks. We’re all set here.” The people of the city of Worcester deserve better than to be publicly shamed like this, despite doing nothing wrong.

The bottom line is there is no hate speech being directed at “people of color” in Worcester. There never has been and there never will be. We’ve challenged them time and time again to provide a single piece of evidence that this has occurred. They bring up the fact that we called students who punched principals in the face, “savages.” Unfortunately for them almost every kid at North who was been involved in one of those incidents is white. And regardless, no matter what the color of your skin, that is the definition of savage behavior. That’s not hateful. It’s a fact.

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13 Comment(s)
  • Rena
    April 14, 2015 at 8:20 am

    It seems to me, the only “hate speech” has been coming from the protestors, and members of the groups that support the protesting. Hopefully the DOJ will realize that.

  • Frogshit
    April 14, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Loving today’s follow-up by Dianne Williamson. Understandably she can’t advocate for Turtleboy cuz’ she needs to put the Benjaman’s in her pocket every week but… At least she gets it. Ya, maybe Turtle bloggers are a bit too “in your face” for her era of journalism but at least she realizes that what’s being said is merely the other side of the story. That’s a good thing. We’ll have to see what Jivey and Stinky Balls have to say about all of this. I’m certain it will be comical. Let’s see if they’ve got the nuts to toss Dianne under the bus?

  • Frogshit
    April 14, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Oh…. Wait… I must point out. It ain’t cuz of her skin color! She’s just plain scary lookin’!

  • Frogshit
    April 14, 2015 at 6:36 am

    What in the hell is that “THING” in the back with the red glasses on? That’s one scary lookin’ sumbitch!

  • Jay
    April 13, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Ofcourse the Black Lives Matter/Occupy protesters can’t name any incidents, but that doesn’t matter, if they just keep repeating the same false accusation that Worcester is racist and there is hate speech all over than it must be true! Is this an attempt to shift the attention away from Boone’s incompetence by making the citizens of the city out to be hateful? Or were the protesters upset that they cannot just block traffic and commit crimes whenever they feel and confused that the police department is charging them for their conduct, not their speech? The only incident that I can think of was handled swiftly and with handcuffs when the WPD arrested one of their own, showing that they have ethics and integrity, but that doesn’t fit the protesters narratives now, does it?.

    All this DOJ does is ignites racial fires wherever it goes. In the words of President Reagan, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” (Circa 1986).

  • coffeemate
    April 13, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    What a coincidence…right after the worc cop beating that guy. Just a guess…but that’s probably why they’re coming.

  • Running to Win
    April 13, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    In comment section to the Telegram article, I agree with what “Honiahaka” posted, including “However, I think the reason there seems to be more hate speech today is because there are too many expressions that are now deemed hate speech. Who is making the rules with respect to what is, or what is not, hate speech?” I think the question is an excellent one and some people within certain groups, not necessarily always in regard to race, attempt to dictate was “acceptable” and “not acceptable” speech based on their experience and/or taking words out of context. Of course, I want to also point out that is despite the fact that not everyone within a group will be offended by that word or term (“colorblind” for example). Some are also claiming hate speech and trying to find racism over disagreements these days as a way to get their way or at least as an out when being criticized by others who don’t like the job someone is doing. For example, it seems the word “colorblind” is being touted as racist more often with what had been going on at North as it seems people are looking for any way to prove that any criticism of the Superintendent had to definitely based on race and not that people just hadn’t been happy with the job she is doing. I’ll end by saying it may be hard to end racial tensions to get better if people are going to call someone a racist for any disagreement or criticism and additionally if the hate speech doesn’t stop from some on the side who claim that others are racist (Yes, this includes the anti-police comments).

    • RSoxGuy
      April 13, 2015 at 8:14 pm

      Clearly, by using all those well thought out opinions, common sense and FACTS, you are a racist.

  • gold
    April 13, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    my comment was posted on T&G but I don’t think it will be approved so I am posting here. I am not a “TURTLE RIDER” but I do accpet all forms of media in my attempt to decode reality and TB has had another point of view that I have used. This is not some racist blog.

    In some states and countries the very use of the title “hate speech” is a serious incident that brings with it an immense amount of discourse. I’m looking at France, Germany, Japan, India, and Croatia amongst others. These places have real laws directed at real gatherings and groups who have hate at their core. I am not sure how is it OK for a group to come together to discuss the “increase in hate speech” within our city without a definitive story/data/examples. So lets use one of the most powerful and internationally enforced laws to come together to discuss an ambiguous threat that we have no actual instances of. I am sorry but some old jarhead that our system failed, kicking a self identifying “person of ambiguous” color, is not the pillar for condemning the city of Worcester as hotbed for the extremist that use hate-speech to diminish the rights of others. You can seriously go F*** yourself if this is your platform. All of these people should be ashamed. I grew up watching neo nazi march and preach hate in-front of my eyes and have studied hate speech and civil liberties ever since. I am ashamed to be living in Worcester when this type of political platform is used to DIVIDE not create more inclusive environments.

    Also why do you allow this old racist Keen Observer to keep posting on your web page, using racial slurs to combat racism is like cutting off your dick to stop a UTI.

  • Sam Burnside
    April 13, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Good God, man! Did you have to post that picture of Brenda Jenkins? It’s the scariest one yet!

  • Maggie the Cat
    April 13, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    To some people, perhaps those cited here who claim there is “hate speech”, a simple phrase like “personal responsibility” constitutes hate speech. It is those who refuse to accept personal responsibility for their own actions who are the haters.

  • Fist
    April 13, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Turtle Boy for president.

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