Residents hold vigil in Westmoreland, say hate has no home here

Residents of Westmoreland respond to KKK flyers by holding an anti-hate rally.

Posted: May. 12, 2018 11:19 PM

WESTMORELAND, NY - Hate has no home here.

That was the message Saturday evening in Westmoreland.

A group of about 30 to 40 people gathered at the Village Green to hold an anti-hate vigil.

They lit candles, sang songs, and held signs reading Deport Bigotry and Hate has no home here.

Earlier in the week, several Westmoreland residents found KKK literature on their lawns with some very disturbing messages on them.

“Some people say the KKK has free speech. Well we have free speech too”, says Ron Klopfanstein, who organized the vigil.

“Our speech is going to be louder, and it’s going to be longer, and it’s going to be clearer. There will be no hate groups in Westmoreland”.

Klopfanstein says finding out about the KKK flyers was a complete shock to him.

He believes that no one in Westmoreland should feel afraid, or feel like a second-class citizen.

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