Though strides have been made in recent decades, racism is an unfortunate reality in the United States.
After a Fort Dodge family became the target of racist vandalism, one community group is coming together to fight back against racial hatred.
The Rally Against Racism, which is being sponsored by Athletics For Education and Success, will be held Saturday at 712 Third St. N.W. It will feature games, food and T-shirts in a fair-type atmosphere.
Charles Clayton, executive director of AFES, said the idea for the event came about after the family of Quennel McCaleb, 214 Second St. N.W., discovered graffiti, which included racial slurs, on their camper. The Fort Dodge police called the incident a hate crime.
"Fort Dodge is a great place to be," Clayton told The Messenger. "Hopefully, this will be a great way to come together for positive change."
We quite agree.
We urge Fort Dodgers to strike a blow against bigotry and hatred by supporting the Rally Against Racism.