According to James Pasch of the Anti-Defamation League, “This weekend’s rally showed it was a small group of people trying to get attention for their hateful message” (“KKK rally in Dayton to draw response from Jews, others,” May 24).
Clearly a group of nine is “small.” The opponents numbered between 500 and 600, and the police forces numbered 720 and cost $650,000. So, did the “small group of people get attention for their hateful message?” They actually did, and likely feel their rally was a success which should be repeated. A small group of hate-mongers and social pariahs managed to intimidate an entire Jewish community. No doubt they will use this experience to recruit other animals and we may be perceived by the general community as those who “cry wolf.”
There is a lesson here. Let’s not adopt tactics which will help our enemies. Our responses should always be proportional to the threat. Let’s remember that in these unpleasant situations, our police forces are our first line of defense. They deserve our appreciation and respect.
Richard D. Rogovin