Downtown Lexington will be the site of an anti-hate candlelight vigil Tuesday evening. The event is being sponsored by the Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice. Organizer, Richard Mitchell says the vigil is not a reaction to any specific recent event but rather something that is needed for the larger community. “You know is sort of the idea that if the rest of us remain silent it sort of gives permission for this to continue,” said Mitchell.
Mitchell says no group of people should be the subject of repetitive and irresponsible hate based speech. He says the vigil will focus on Islamophobia, homophobia, and racism. Mitchell admits that older people in general are more intolerant toward homosexuality.
“I think there’s a generational divide…you know you come up to some of the college students and say…they’ll just tell you what’s the problem,” added Mitchell.
The anti-hate vigil is scheduled for 7:30 at the courthouse square in downtown Lexington. In Richmond, this week Eastern Kentucky University will host the eleventh annual Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Social Justice Conference.