Statement of Condemnation
Last Wednesday, the Board of Selectmen met to discuss the offensive sign that was displayed at the corner of Main Street North and Main Street South on July 24th. We as a board issued a statement condemning the display. I would like to make residents aware of this statement against hate and bigotry issued on July 28th:
“The Board of Selectmen has been informed that a group of protestors at the corner of Main Street North and Main Street South displayed a swastika on Saturday, July 24, 2021.
We are saddened and disturbed to learn that this has occurred in our Town. Southbury has a rich history of opposition to the Nazi symbol and what it stands for. The display of a swastika or similar symbols of hate, which are a false analogy to the reality of the Holocaust, have no place in Southbury. Displays such as this cheapen the memory of the six million lives lost and ignore the trauma that lasts for generations. While our Board certainly respects the right of protestors to assemble peacefully and speak freely on topics of interest to them, we condemn in the strongest possible terms the use of any symbols of hate to do so. The display of a swastika in the Town of Southbury is contrary to everything we believe in as a community.
Our Board stands strongly against hate and bigotry in all its forms, and together with all those in our community who expect and deserve to know that their elected leaders will work together to ensure that all people feel safe in Southbury.”