Mayor Wynn Calls for Tolerance as KKK Descends
(Austin, Texas) Austin mayor Will Wynn on Thursday declared that Saturday will be a Day of Tolerance as the Ku Klux Klan rallies against same-sex sex marriage on the square outside city hall.
Voters go to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to amend the Texas constitution to ban gay marriage.
As the KKK protests at city hall on the public square the LGBT civil rights group opposed to the amendment will hold a vigil about a half block away. (story)
In seeking permission for the protest, called a "pro-family" rally, the American White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan said it was concerned the gay group would incite violence.
Mayor Wynn and other city officials called for calm. In making his Day of Tolerance proclamation the mayor urged residents to ignore the Klan.
"On a personal level, I'm asking citizens to simply ignore the event that's going to occur here Saturday," Wynn said. "I think it would send a very strong signal about the tolerance of this community if we simply go about our lives on Saturday."
I'm personally very glad Mayor Wynn is taking a strong stand against the Klan. I wonder, has Governor Perry issued a call for Texans to send a very strong signal about tolerance in the face of the Klan?
Anyway, the Mayor's idea about how to deal with the KKK rally isn't the only one. Pinkdome disagrees that ignoring the Klan is the best reaction:
There's also the camp that says to 'ignore them' so they won't get coverage. This is the one I disagree with the most. We've ignored hatred and bigotry and people that are just plain wrong for too long in this country. The KKK is never right. Not once. Never. I'm ashamed they'll be here. As a defender of our Bill of Rights, I have to acknowledge their right to speak. I have to acknowledge my right to stand up against them.
Whatever protest is planned and by whom, I say go. Go to City Hall on Saturday and let the KKK know that Austin does not welcome them with open arms. Let CNN know that the Klan is not welcome in Austin. Silent protest, moon, march, hold up a sign or whatever.
As Pink Dome mentions, there is a move afoot to Moon the Klan again, and that would amuse me greatly. I'm agnostic about which is the best way to deal with the rally, though. Ignore, protest, moon... what do you think? How can we best show the world we disagree with everything the KKK stands for?