Bigotry and hate are everywhere. Not that this is anything new. The Gazette recently ran an article which stated in Milan, Italy, a gunman wounded six African immigrants in a drive-by shooting spree. The gunman had made clear references to fascism and Nazism and has exhibited no remorse.

The Holocaust, in which six million Jews and other minorities were killed during World War II, has been described as the most horrific crime in history. There are people who deny the Holocaust ever happened. In the last presidential election in Paris, 34 percent of voters backed a party founded by a convicted Holocaust denier. Hitler became known for his extreme hatred and persecution of the Jews.

A Chicago Tribune article states since our last presidential election, white supremacists have targeted college campuses. The Anti-Defamation League recently issued a report that last year racist fliers, banners and stickers were found 147 times on college campuses.

In Illinois, we have Arthur Jones who is running for Congress. The Tribune describes Jones as a Holocaust denier and white supremacist. He has dressed as a Nazi in a parade.

A Gazette article indicates in Wisconsin there is the White Boy Society which aims to protect the heritage of white people. Also in Wisconsin is the White Devil Social Club, which focuses on antisemitism, and they admire Hitler. More leadership from our president and other politicians is needed to stem the tide of bigotry and hate.

LEON K. FREEBURG

Janesville

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