I am greatly saddened and outraged by the hate messages repeatedly spray-painted on Niagara-on-the-Lake’s rainbow crosswalk.
To add insult to injury, the comments of Coun. Erwin Wiens, who said that the cost of the crosswalk never should have been covered with taxpayer dollars, are wildly off-base and insensitive.
Coun. Wiens’ view that combating hate in our town is not worth a few cents per resident gives permission to these vandals and bigots to voice their violent messages, such as “F*gs must die.”
To send a strong response to these dark elements of our society, we need the town to create another prominent rainbow crosswalk on Queen Street in time for the next Pride month.
And yes, it should be taxpayer funded, because it is not about celebrating a small group of people, it is about not allowing hate to fester.
Remember, “First they came …”