Dear Fairbury Community and Beyond,
My name is Katie Durfee, and I am a lifelong resident of Fairbury. As a person with a disability, I am sensitive to other people who face any kind of obstacle or disadvantage.
People such as myself have to deal with prejudice, discrimination, and even hatred, on a regular basis. The discrimination I face doesn’t even come close to what others have to endure every single day. Just imagine being a part of a minority or disadvantaged population — perhaps because of your race, your religion, a disability, or your gender — and having to watch all of this hate.
One of the biggest white supremacy rallies in decades turned deadly recently in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was organized by the so-called “Alt-Right” which is actually a rebranding of the Ku Klux Klan and the self-described Neo-Nazis, the only difference being that they are able to show their faces proudly today. Such an organized gathering of this hate group has not happened in years. Most of us assumed that the Nazis were defeated back in WWII as well as groups like the KKK in the 50s and 60s. Who would have thought that in 2017 it would be okay to be so openly discriminatory and hateful? I have noticed that some people in positions of power are willing to condone these horrible acts and behaviors by the white supremacy movement. The white supremacy movement is even active in this area.
In response to all of this, a few other people and myself have started the No Hate Fairbury Group on Facebook. The mission of the group is to show acceptance, welcoming, and tolerance for the diversity in our human world. The No Hate Fairbury Group is not only about politics. Unfortunately, because political and social discourse has grown hateful and even dangerous, we have chosen to make this group secret to protect everybody involved to give all a safe place to converse without having to deal with any undeserved repercussions in their careers and other places. So, in order to learn more about this or to join, please direct message me (Katie Durfee) on Facebook/Messenger.
We need to show one another understanding. Our world is changing, and if we all work together, this change will not be a bad thing. Thank you all for reading my letter.
Katie Durfee, Fairbury