Thanks for coverage of neo-Nazi rally

I am writing to thank you for the Wisconsin Gazette’s balanced, informative and accurate article on the Sept. 3 neo-Nazi rally and counter-demonstration.

As a member of Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope, I was one of the many standing in the rain in protest of those claiming to “defend white America.” I was disgusted by the posturing of the combat-booted thugs hoisting their massive swastika flags, but comforted to see how few of them turned out for the occasion. I saw a great deal of camaraderie, an astonishing degree of tolerance for the bad weather, and a large number of fairly bored-looking police in riot gear. Good heavens – we even sang several verses of “Kumbaya” at one point!

As a member of Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope, I was one of the many standing in the rain in protest of those claiming to “defend white America.” I was disgusted by the posturing of the combat-booted thugs hoisting their massive swastika flags, but comforted to see how few of them turned out for the occasion. I saw a great deal of camaraderie, an astonishing degree of tolerance for the bad weather, and a large number of fairly bored-looking police in riot gear. Good heavens – we even sang several verses of “Kumbaya” at one point!

Imagine my surprise, then, to see Milwaukee Journal Sentinel lead with a photograph of an African-American man with his fist raised, and two whites in the foreground appearing to be backing away from him. Their emphasis was not on the unwelcome intrusion of neo-Nazis into our community, but on a handful of arrests.

This contrasts with my own experience of seeing several instances of “White People Behaving Badly” – foul language on a sign or two and, in one case, a man screaming abusive remarks. He was escorted out of the rally by an African-American organizer. The greatest threat that day seemed to be terminally sodden footwear, not race wars.

MJS’s article was grossly misleading, in my opinion. Such irresponsible misrepresentation contributes to the ongoing racial tension so prevalent in this city.

I’m glad that my congregation (Divine Word/Pentecost) makes Wisconsin Gazette available to its members. I’m enjoying reading your paper. Keep up the good work!

Cindi Morgan, Parks Neighborhood Parish