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Infuriating: Racism has no place in West Virginia

Overwhelmingly, West Virginians have no tolerance for bigots of any kind. We recognize they are among us — but they do not define us, nor will we pretend actions based on that kind of belief system are acceptable.

On Sept. 12, a very small Black Lives Matter protest was held in Kingwood. Only about 40 people showed up in support. Reportedly, about 60 people were there to protest the BLM participants.

Among the BLM protesters was state House of Delegates member Danielle Walker, D-Monongalia.

Walker, who is Black, has written to Gov. Jim Justice about what happened. She cited an “angry mob of White supremacists” who harassed her and other BLM marchers. Racial slurs were used, Walker wrote. Protesters were told to “go back to Africa.”

Fortunately, there were no reports of violence during the event — though some people on both sides displayed firearms.

That should not have occurred.

Neither should racial intimidation. We have no hesitation in stating that the vast majority of Mountain State residents are better than that, and find such behavior repugnant in the extreme.

That simply is not who we are in West Virginia.

It is both sad and infuriating that a few among us do not seem to understand that.

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