Recently, York County was tested in its unity and in its determination when white supremacist literature was distributed in Fairview Township.
Township residents are to be commended for passing the test and for rejecting the hint of hate. Bias and hate are not welcome in York County and will not be tolerated.
York NAACP especially commends the acting chief of police for Fairview
Township, Lt. Jason Loper, for facilitating a response to the York NAACP's call for a public announcement from Fairview Township.
In answer to our call, the Fairview Township Police Department and township administrators issued a press release showing a commitment to arrest anyone who would commit a crime against another because of their race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or gender.
Fairview Township officials also agreed to stand up for the rights of all persons.
The York NAACP encourages each surrounding city, township and borough in York County and throughout Pennsylvania to issue a similar response denouncing hate, bias and racial profiling.
If anyone is a victim of a crime, then you contact the police.
If anyone is a victim of profiling and unequal treatment because of your race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or gender, then contact the Pennsylvania Human Relations' Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or the Department of Justice.
If anyone in Fairview Township or any parts of York County believe that your rights are being violated, or that you are being stalked or harassed, because of your race, then also call on the NAACP. In York County, you can reach York NAACP at (717) 577-4436 and attend our meetings at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Crispus Attucks, located at 605 S. Duke St. in York City.
NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. NAACP's principal objective is to obtain the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority groups and to eliminate racial prejudice.
As such, York NAACP will use all available resources on the local, state and national level to deal with incidents of bias, hate and racial profiling in our community.
If we, the residents, community organizations, and government officials, work together, then we will reach unity and we will continue to cast out hate, bias, and prejudice.
— Sandra Thompson is president of the York NAACP.