Regarding the Love not Hate Rally held in Charleston at Morton Park on Saturday morning; I wonder if the parents could not have found a better way to show that they are for love than having a demonstration. It seems to me that by holding a demonstration they are teaching their children more about rallies and not much about Love. They are showing their youngsters that if you don’t agree with something, the best way to do this is by holding a protest letting the community know that there is something you don’t like. You are not really doing anything about whatever it is that you protest.
Now you might show Love by having the children read to people in nursing homes, doing errands for those unable to do them for themselves, helping others by cutting grass, or raking leaves, or even taking them a plate of cookies. You might even volunteer at the food pantry, or help serve free meals to the public, like we do at Soup Stop. These activities and others might even be more fun for children than standing around holding a sign.
I doubt if the man who made an obscene gesture to your group was against Love as much as he was against public rallies, demonstrations, protests. He, like the rest of us, has seen too many around our country. It seems to be the popular thing to do. He is tired of this sort of public display.
It also occurs to me that there aren’t many people in this area who need to be convinced to show Love and not hate toward their fellow man. In Charleston I have found my neighbors, acquaintances, even strangers to be very friendly. I have not seen any hate. So I wonder what this rally was all about. Was it merely a chance to get out and make a statement? If so, it wasn’t really needed and parents might find some other ways to show their children how to Love.
Betty Potts, Greenup