Sunday, September 26, 2021
Sept. 26, 2021

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Letter: Don’t tolerate intolerance


Hate groups showed up at the Washougal school board meeting in late August. Then, about a week later, they showed up at Skyview High School to “escort a student into the building who cannot wear masks.” Why would they show up to a school board meeting or to a high school, where they neither live nor have children enrolled? Why is this happening?

Hate crimes/incidents are on the rise and the U.S. will become “minority white” by 2045, as predicted by demographers. Is this why? Are these actions OK?

I do not think so. We must be intolerant of intolerance. The Paradox of Intolerance states that if a society is tolerant without limit, its ability to be tolerant is eventually seized or destroyed by the intolerant. I understand that it can be scary, but it’s not going to get any easier by waiting to do something. This is a perfect time to join the fight; we cannot go back in time and change history, but we can do something now. That’s the most important part: what we do now.

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