Snowballs Against Racism

The UnFair Campaign that started a weeks ago was certain to attract the attention of various organizations focused on promoting the rights of White people. My first post received quite a few such comments, and Mayor Ness received death threats. It didn’t take long for a loosely organized demonstration to be organized. We heard early last week that White Supremacists were coming to town. The result was a bit surprising.

I’ve seen this before: the KuKluxKlan used to hold periodic events in my former home town. The first time they announced a rally, hundreds showed up to protest, it became ugly, and no one looked very good. A couple of years later, they came back and everyone decided to stay away except for a few curious students. They marched down the sidewalk across from my apartment; the straggly procession of 8 people with no one to watch was the most effective image.

We hoped for that here in Duluth. Organizers of the UnFair Campaign – and our College -urged people to stay away. They organized some community-focused activities instead. But the White Supremacists were met by a late winter snowstorm – and a volley of snowballs from a group protesting their presence. A shouting match ensued, and four of the protesters were taken into custody. No one came out looking very good.

I still have hopes that Duluth will find a way to talk about race and develop greater cross-race understanding and acceptance. The UnFair campaign still looks unwise to me. I am very glad that we are a city – and the protesters are a people – who don’t immediately turn to serious violence. Duluth may be the only place in the world with whimsy and imagination to throw snowballs for justice.

About Sister Edith

Benedictine sister of St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth, Minnesota
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