Rise up: Mason citizens gather to defend Muslim neighbor

Eighth grader Jack Smith and his mother Emily rally for kindness and inclusion of all people.

Jason Fish | Staff Writer

Sometimes people need to rise up together.

That time came on Jan. 26 when Rawd Saleh became a victim of a hate crime: she was accused of being a terrorist because she is a Muslim. Fliers were put in mailboxes across Warren County showing her name, face and address as part of a neighborhood terrorist warning. Local residents were enraged by this act of hatred and took to the streets to make a change.

Over 300 people gathered at the Mason Community Center on Jan. 29 with the same common goal: to end the hate happening in their backyards. One of the fighters for racial equality was 69 year-old Karen Glum who spent her birthday to help make a difference.

“I’m doing my part to end the racial fight in this country that the current administration is trying to promote,” Glum said. ”If they start that stupid Muslim registry, I’m going to sign up. And I would encourage everyone to sign up because what are they going to do? They can’t take all of us.”

Others said they were disappointed to see what the country had come to. Local resident Tisha Rohrer said that everyone is an immigrant and should treat each other fairly.

“I think it’s really sad that our country has come to this,” Rohrer said. “This is a country of immigrants and diversity. It’s really sad to see that everything is becoming so divided and so hateful.”

Some people see a repeat of the Holocaust in the hate crimes spreading across the country and want them to end. One of these people is Nancy Cooper who said she is worried about the news that is coming out of the White House.

“The latest news out of the White House really scares me,” Cooper said. “I’m very familiar with history. I had friends and family who had to immigrate as refugees when Hitler was in power. This is a repeat of that history, so we need to learn from it.”
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Tisha and Doug Rohrer attend rally against hate crime targeting a Muslim woman from Mason.

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