Several hundred people participated in a silent vigil at Phoenix Park on Monday, June 1. The organizers of the vigil also gathered supplies to send to people in need in Minneapolis due to the protests in the city. The vigil was moving, completely silent, and very peaceful. This was one of many protests and vigils in the area in the past week since George Floyd was killed by the police in Minneapolis. All of the local protests have been very peaceful and generally have respected social distancing measuresl.

But the comments on social media? Not so much. Many of the comments, even about the local respectful protests and vigils, have been full of racist imagery and white supremacy. Nobody should fool themselves that we are in a post-racial society, or that people in the Chippewa Valley are above hatred and bigotry. Let's work together to do better.

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Steve Hanson

Steve is a web designer and recently retired from running the hosting and development company Cruiskeen Consulting LLC. Cruiskeen Consulting LLC is the parent company of Wis.Community, and publication of this site continues after his retirement.

Steve is a member of LION Publishers and the Local Media Consortium, is active in Health Dunn Right, and is vice-president of the League of Women Voters of the greater Chippewa Valley

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