I had asked Erica to post here, however she is nervous that an internet full of trolls will ruin what turned out to be a mostly positive day for us. For me I feel we stood shoulder to shoulder with our neighbors as part of a resistance to racism and bigotry. I was glad to participate and document in my own way.
Soon after leaving Boston Commons and the Fight Supremacy event Erica and I returned to restaurant where I introduced her to guacamole in the late 90’s. At the restaurant while waiting for guacamole I posted on Instagram a photo of a woman holding a sign saying “no hate know peace”. Almost immediately an internet troll commented:
“What is peace? I want your definition”
I thought about responding a number of different ways… however for me, at the moment I had only a singular response. I choose a pretty commonly accepted way of determining the definition of our words. The dictionary:
Definition of peace
1 : a state of tranquility or quiet: such asa : freedom from civil disturbance Peace and order were finally restored in the town.b : a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom a breach of the peace
2 : freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions I have been in perfect peace and contentment — J. H. Newman
3 : harmony in personal relations The sisters are at peace with each other.
4a : a state or period of mutual concord between governments There was a peace of 50 years before war broke out again.b : a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity offered the possibility of a negotiated peace — New York Times
5 —used interjectionally to ask for silence or calm or as a greeting or farewell
: in a state of concord or tranquility The problem was settled and his mind was at peace.
I would be very pleased to add your thoughts in support of these photographs, peace, against racism, against hate and the Fight Supremacy event below here. Message me at firstname.lastname@example.org or through any of the other methods the Internets provide. Trolls will not be tolerated.
And with that I will let the photographs do the talking.