TONIGHT in Flemington: Why won’t Borough Council take a stand against hate speech & bigotry? Because they don’t think it’s a local issue. They’re wrong.

Tonight, a young Flemington resident, Tim Hester, will again bring a proposal to Borough Council that he wrote after the white supremacist violence in Charlotte and after President Trump’s remarks that seemed to sanction it. Mayor Phil Greiner has already told him it’s ‘not a local issue.’ Well, nobody here mowed down a pedestrian like Heather Heyer. But neither Hunterdon County, nor Flemington – its county seat – are free from hate speech and bigotry, which Tim will talk about. The Hunterdon Anti-Racism Coalition will be with him, and so will I.

If you want to see how easily a small New Jersey town can shut out what’s happening outside its borders, as though it’s not also happening inside, come tonight. Isn’t it the most casual sort of white privilege to fail to see that people are not always treated right?

TONIGHT – MONDAY SEPT 11 7:30 (people will gather outside beginning 7:00pm)
Flemington Council Meeting at Historic Hunterdon County Courthouse [75 Main St]. Lots of seats

These are Tim’s words: Two weeks ago I emailed a resolution to Mayor Phil Greiner asking the council to approve the proposal. The mayor emailed me that the hate speech and bigotry are not an issue for the council and turned down my request. Monday evening a group of residents and I will call for action on the resolution at the meeting.

Bridgeton Mayor Albert Kelly, president of the state League of Municipalities, has sent a letter to all municipal governments that asks them to take a stand against hate speech and bigotry. The mayors of Newark, Elizabeth, Princeton, Montclair, Westfield, East Brunswick, South Orange, and Piscataway have joined a national compact of mayors who oppose hate speech and bigotry.

Flemington has seen a number of incidents of open and veiled bigotry in recent years:

The Main Street luncheonette owner who called for White History Month.

The Southern Poverty Law Center says there is a coven of Nazis on Kuhl Road.

There is the young man who drives around the borough in a pickup that bears a large half U.S. half Confederate with a red Nazi eagle plastered on the rear gate.

There is a motorcyclist with an SS sticker on his helmet.

There is the man who changed his name to Hitler and named his children after Nazis

Please consider coming to the council meeting on MONDAY Sept 11 at 7:30 at the Flemington Historic Courthouse on Main St.

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