EDITORIAL: Diversity battle continues

On Monday morning, a flyer from the Ku Klux Klan was distributed to homes in Mission and Abbotsford.

Mission’s Ken Herar has spent the last six years spreading the message of diversity and understanding. That makes it all the more disappointing that the founder of Cycling4Diversity was one of several Mission residents who discovered KKK literature on their doorstep.

On Monday morning, a flyer from the Ku Klux Klan was distributed to homes in Mission and Abbotsford.

Earlier this year, Chilliwack homes received similar leaflets.

When the story broke on our website, social media response was swift and  condemned the flyers and the KKK – at least most of them did.

Some questioned why expressing pride for being white was considered bad.

There is nothing wrong with being proud of your heritage, but the KKK has a long, sordid history of violence against anyone who is not white. The group does not stand for pride; it’s a symbol of hate and ignorance. And while we don’t believe there is a growing band of Ku Klux Klan followers in our community, it is disappointing to realize that there is still a high level of racial ignorance in our society.

The fact is somebody printed and distributed the material, and it really doesn’t matter if they are from Mission or not.

What matters is people are still capable of hating others just because of the colour of their skin.