Where Do I Stop It? How Do I Stop It?

TAMMIE SCHNITZER 
Tammie Schnitzer said of the hate literature that blanketed her community:

"Where do I stop it? Do I stop it when there’s a swatiska on the synagogue? Do I stop it when the synagogue gets bombed? I want to stop it now!"

 

BECKY THOMAS, A CATHOLIC NEIGHBOR OF THE SCHNITZERS
"We saved our menorah, and it's going up in our window again. We need to show commitment for a lifetime."

 

SARAH ANTHONY, FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BILLINGS HUMAN RIGHTS COALITION 
"What have we done so far? Come up with a plan. Make a few phone calls. Put up menorahs. That’s all we did. Pretty simple stuff, actually. But you have to build the sentiment, to forge the real feeling that goes deep. We did something right here, and we will do it again if we have to."

 

RICHARD LARSEN, MAYOR, BILLINGS, MONTANA 
"Yes, we can stand up to the things that are easy to stand up to. But what about the subtleties? There is still a lot of ill feeling here against blacks, Hispanics, and Indians. There’s some against me, for being a Mormon. I don’t think that people understand the consequences of privately held prejudices."

 

JAMES PACE, THE HEAD OF A RACIST "SKINHEAD" GROUP IN BILLINGS, MONTANA
"If you have a racist problem, it was here and it’s been here and it’s going to be here if we are here or not."

 

URI BARNEA, A JEW WHOSE HOME WAS TARGETED BY HATE GROUPS
"It’s not the public display that’s going to resolve the problem. It’s the day-to-day understanding of the people that this is not the way to act toward each other."

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