Porter: “Hate against one of us is hate against all of us”

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INDIANAPOLIS – State Representative Gregory W. Porter (D-Indianapolis) today showed solidarity with the Indiana Jewish community after weekend reports showed antisemitic activity in Henryville, Indiana. On Saturday, men clad with swastika armbands handed out antisemitic pamphlets and “Nazi political party” applications.

“You do not have to be Jewish to be appalled by the events that transpired this weekend in Southern Indiana,” Porter said.

“Hoosiers need to step away from the notion that it is enough to be upset for the Jewish community. Hoosiers need to realize that the Jewish community is also their community. This principle applies across the board for Hoosiers of all races, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities and religions. Hate against one of us is hate against all of us.”

Porter is a member of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus and has championed hate crimes legislation throughout his tenure at the Statehouse.

“I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the special relationship shared between the Jewish and Black communities,” Porter said. “Throughout history, our stories and leaders have intertwined and inspired one another. Our shared struggles against bigotry and hatred have strengthened each of our resolves for a better, more just America.

“The tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis was a catalyst for forward movement on racial and social justice issues. However, we still have a lot of progress to make. This is a movement, not a moment and all Hoosiers deserve to feel safe and included in their state. I offer my solidarity and support to the Hoosier Jewish community.”

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