Statement on Display of Swastika

My Uncle, Irvin Keyser, Jr, was my mom’s brother. He served in World War II and fought in Europe at the Battle of the Bulge and at the Remagen Bridge as well as others. He, like so many of his generation fought to preserve democracy and fought to end the atrocities of Hitler and the Nazis.

It is disheartening that anyone in our Country today would dishonor our Country by displaying any symbol of hate. I condemn as much as I possibly can the display recently of a Swastika on Old Falls of Neuse Road in Raleigh. I condemn the display of all symbols of hate and violence, of slavery, and inhumanity.

The cycle of hatred must end. I truly believe that the vast majority of people oppose these displays of hatred. We must celebrate our differences and not act out of self-righteous superiority towards others.

Let us pledge to oppose the acts of violence that have become all too commonplace. Let us work and live together in peace. Let us commit to good will each and every day.

Thank you,
David Cox, Raleigh City Council