Worcester Magazine: More 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.
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:
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.
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.