Peace for all in Lismore

I feel dismayed and frightened to learn of neo-Nazi symbols being flown in Lismore (Echo, May 6). As a descendant of Holocaust survivors and proud Jew I empathise with the anonymous neighbour and her children who were traumatised by its presence. Thank you to all those who alerted the police and complained about the flying of a Nazi flag in East Lismore. You sent a message of caring and support, of tolerance and peace to all those in Lismore’s community from non-Anglo backgrounds. Australian neo-Nazi groups promote white supremacy and target Asian Australians, Australian Jews and other Australians of non-Anglo backgrounds. Their messages of hate and violence need to be counteracted and neutralised by acts of sharing, tolerance, peace, love and understanding. Lismore has much to be proud of regarding this. We were the first city in Australia to become a sister city with a city, Yamato Takada, in Japan; the first city in Australia to start a Living Library; and Lismore is registered as a “Refugee Welcome Zone” by the Refugee Council of Australia. These three examples are only a few of the ways Lismore residents can be proud to stand up and say “We support a culturally diverse and rich community.”

Larisa Barnes

Lismore


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